Cowles Charitable Trust Grant

Cowles Charitable Trust

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2023 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2023 8:59pm PST, Mar 1, 2024 8:59pm PST, Jun 1, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

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

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: 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. 

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  • 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 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.


This page was last reviewed May 20, 2023 and last updated April 07, 2023