Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Grants for K-12

OVERVIEW: Based in Palo Alto, California, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation invests in science, conservation, patient care and preservation of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its support of K-12 education stems from the science and technology museum subprogram of the Bay Area preservation initiative.

IP TAKE: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation reviews general inquiries of one hundred words or less via email, but does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Based in Palo Alto, California, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was established in 2001 by Gordon Moore, a cofounder and former chairman of the Intel Corporation, and his wife, Betty. This foundation maintains an endowment of over $6 billion and aims to create positive outcomes for future generations through four grantmaking initiatives: science, conservation, patient care and preservation of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Moore Foundation supports K-12 education through its science and technology museums program, a sub-initiative of its San Francisco Bay Area preservation program. This program funds “institutions that have the power to reach a large and diverse audience with rich scientific information.” One grantee, San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory, used funding to design and refurbish exhibits aimed at engaging girls in STEM learning. The foundation also supported construction of an education center at California’s Computer History Museum and the development of a coral reef initiative exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.   

The Moore foundation’s science and technology museum funding is limited to the San Francisco Bay Area. Most grants range from $250,000 to $1 million. A searchable database of grants is available at the foundation’s website.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but will review inquiries of one hundred words or less via email.

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