Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation - Humanities & Research Libraries Grants

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Conference, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.

The programs of the Foundation reflect the interests and patronage of its founders, Gladys Krieble Delmas and Jean Paul Delmas.

Humanities Program

The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.

Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. Programs of institutions in Venice relating to the humanities are eligible in this category. (Individuals seeking research grants for work in Venice should see Venetian Programs.) 

Research Libraries Program

The Research Libraries Program concentrates primarily in those areas of its founders’ interests and aims to be fully complementary to the Foundation’s other program areas (i.e., humanities scholarship, performing arts, and Venetian history and culture).

The overall objective of the Research Libraries Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public. Wherever possible, grants to libraries seek to promote cooperative cataloging projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript, and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition; scholarly library publications; bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and collection-level preservation/conservation work and research.

Small-scale digitizing is eligible for support when the process is part of a clearly defined and timely scholarly project that incorporates recognized standards for metadata production, for preservation, and for distribution. The Foundation does not support massive digitizing projects of a general nature.

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  • The Foundation supports:
    • U.S. not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status
    • Organizations utilizing a U.S. fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status
    • Not-for-profit organizations, including those outside of the U.S., with necessary documentation.
  • Very rarely does the Foundation support endowment campaigns, and then only where the objectives are clearly focused and very closely aligned to Foundation purposes.
  • The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined.
  • In general, awards are made for single-year, and not multi-year, projects.
  • Humanities Program:
    • The Humanities Program is primarily directed to institutions of higher education and humanistic enterprises such as learned societies, museums, and major editorial projects.
      • The program may also consider, on a selective basis, projects that increase the exposure of those outside these institutions to the humanistic experience or that strengthen preparation for the humanistic disciplines in secondary education.  
    • The prime criterion remains that of Gladys and Jean Delmas: a commitment to excellence, whether proven or promised.
  • Research Libraries Program
    • Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources are eligible.
    • A limited number of modest grants will also be available for projects related to the history of the book, book culture, printing history, and related programs.
    • Conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered.


  •  The Foundation does not support capital campaigns, building projects, overhead, or indirect costs. 
  • Reseach Libraries program
    •  The Foundation does not support massive digitizing projects of a general nature.

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