Hearst Foundations: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Hearst Foundations support innovative K-12 and professional development projects in the United States.

IP TAKE: Operating as one foundation, the Hearst Foundation Inc. and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation support innovative K-12 programs and professional development for teachers in the United States.

PROFILE: Managed as one entity, the Hearst Foundations, comprised of the Hearst Foundation Inc. and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, work in the fields of education, health, culture and social services to “ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.”  Founded in 1945 by American media magnate and New York State Congressman William Randolph Hearst, the foundations maintain headquarters in New York, serving areas east of the Mississippi River, and San Francisco, serving areas west of the Mississippi River.

While the Hearst Foundations’ education program prioritizes higher education, some funding is available for innovative K-12 and professional development programs. The foundations also make grants for capital or endowment support for schools. Past grantees include the Arizona Science Center, which used a Hearst grant to develop its CREATE on Wheels outreach program, and the Bronx River Alliance, which provides in-situ ecology and science experiences for communities near the Bronx River in New York. In addition to its grantmaking, this funder runs the United States Senate Youth Program, which brings two students from each state to Washington D.C. each year to learn about careers in public service.

Most Hearst grants range from $50,000 to $250,000, and the foundations make over 80 education grants to schools and organizations operating in the United States each year. A database of past grantees is available on the foundation website.

These foundations maintain an open, online application system for both endowment and program support.

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