Cowles Charitable Trust Grant

Cowles Charitable Trust

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2024

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2024, Mar 1, 2025, Jun 1, 2025

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Art & Culture Health & Medicine Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Florida: Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, Palm Beach County, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Dutchess County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Orange County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County, Westchester County Other eligible locations: United States

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Our Mission

Our mission is to continue and further the philanthropic legacy of Gardner Cowles, Jr. and the Cowles family, which includes promotion of education, social justice, health, and the arts.

The Founder

The Cowles Charitable Trust was first established in 1948 by Gardner “Mike” Cowles, Jr. (1903-1985). Born into the Cowles publishing family of Des Moines, Iowa, Mike was the youngest of Gardner Cowles and Florence Call Cowles’ six children. A newspaper editor and publisher by trade, he was committed to his family’s traditions of responsible, public-spirited, and innovative journalism as well as philanthropy. 

The Cowles Charitable Trust supports the arts, education, the advancement of ethical journalism, medical and climate research.

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  • Occasionally, the trust supports national and international efforts that are mission aligned or long standing partners.
  • There are no limitations of who The Trust can give to as long as the charitable organization is recognized as such by the IRS 501c(3).
  • The Trust recognizes the difficulty in raising support for general operating costs and welcomes applications seeking GOS funding.


  • The primary areas of support are Downstate New York and South Florida.
  • The Trust favors applicants who have developed a wide base of support for their programing.
  • We prefer not to be the only funder.


  • The Trust will not consider applications from any institution or organization any more frequently than once every 12 months, whether the result of the previous application was positive or negative.
  • The Trust will not consider applications from any institution or organization receiving a multiyear grant until all payments of that grant have been made.

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This page was last reviewed April 23, 2024 and last updated April 23, 2024