Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Grant

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

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Deadline: Aug 2, 2021 11:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $200,000

Fields of work: Environmental Education Environmental Health Environmental Justice & Advocacy Art Education Symphony/Orchestra Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Chamber Music Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: California Other eligible locations: United States


Foundation Background

Clarence E. Heller established the foundation in 1982 to support nonprofit initiatives consistent with the broad philanthropic purposes he pursued during his lifetime. The original trustees of the foundation were Clarence Heller, his brother Alfred Heller, and his sister Elizabeth H. Mandell.

After Clarence Heller’s death in 1988, the founding trustees continued to incorporate his interests in the establishment of basic funding priorities for the foundation. With expanded board representation from the Heller and Mandell families, and the hiring of a staff, the foundation began full-time operation in November of 1990.

Since that time, the foundation has attempted to create a grantmaking program combining the focus necessary to have an impact, with the flexibility needed to address new issues as they arise.


The foundation’s interests include programs making valuable contributions in the following fields:

  • Environment and Health
  • Music
  • Education

Environment and Health Program Priorities

To promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions:

  • by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards;
  • by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and
  • by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.

Music Program Priorities

To encourage the playing, enjoyment and accessibility of symphonic and chamber music:

  • by providing scholarship and program assistance at selected community music centers, schools and institutes; and
  • by helping community-based ensembles of demonstrated quality implement artistic initiatives, diversify and increase audiences, and improve fund-raising capacity.

Education Program Priorities

    To provide environmental and arts education opportunities to children and youth:

    • by supporting programs for educators and artists to improve and apply their teaching skills in these subjects; and
    • by supporting efforts to advance environmental and arts education programs.

    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • Projects must align with at least one the foundation's funding priorities, as described in Overview: 
      • Environment and Health 
      • Music
      • Education
    • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) public charities (includes public universities).


    • The foundation gives priority to proposals from California organizations.


    • The foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations that are not 501(c)(3) public charities.

    This page was last reviewed February 11, 2021 and last updated February 11, 2021