Established in the late 1990s, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation funds a variety of causes in the five boroughs of New York. Let’s look a bit closer at the types of groups receiving Auchincloss support lately.
A Strong Art Background
Art has always been at the center of Auchincloss funding. During her lifetime, Lily Auchincloss donated to causes like the Museum of Modern Art, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the American Academy in Rome, and she was a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art. Architecture was also very important to her, and in 1994, the Museum of Modern Art named the Lily Auchincloss Center for Architecture and Design a research facility. Eighteen architects donated drawings to the collection in her honor.
Terence Riley, chief curator of the department of art and architecture, told the New York Times: "She was not a passive philanthropist. Her generosity came from a belief that the world could be a better and more beautiful place." Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Modern, said Mrs. Auchincloss was "one of the great, great trustees of our museum and involved with every aspect of its life."
The foundation’s manager and sole staff member, Rossana Martinez, is a trained and practicing artist, so it’s no surprise that art remains a big focus of the current grant strategy. Martinez founded and currently directs Minus Space, a Brooklyn gallery for reductive art on the international level.
A Strict New York City Focus
Only organizations based in New York City and that serve the five boroughs are considered for grants—simple as that.
The foundation’s mission is defined like this: The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in New York City. The foundation supports art, education, human services and preservation/environment programs that serve to enrich the lives of the people of New York City.
Well-Rounded Funding, a Push for Human Services
Although local art groups have always seen a good amount of support from Auchincloss, the other funding categories aren’t left behind. In fact, more grants have been going toward human services needs than anything else, lately.
In 2014, the foundation awarded 23 arts grants, 23 education grants, 44 human services grants, 32 preservation/environment grants, and six discretionary grants that were approved by the board. Some grantees from 2015 include:
- Art: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY— $15,000 grant for general operating support (First installment of a two-year $30,000 grant)
- Art: American Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY—$10,000 grant for Future Lab II
- Education: CityScience, 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY—$10,000 grant for general operating support
- Human Services: Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, 50 Broad Street, New York, NY—$15,000 grant for general operating support (First installment of a two-year $30,000 grant)
- Preservation/Environment: Architectural League of New York, 594 Broadway, New York, NY— $15,000 grant for general operating support
As a general rule, the foundation doesn’t support research projects, mental health programs, medical services (including hospitals and nursing homes), substance abuse programs, universities, private schools, or charter schools. There are three grant cycles per year. To learn more about how to apply for an Auchincloss grant, read IP’s full profile of the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.