Hearst Foundation: Culture Grant

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: More than US $100,000

Fields of work: STEM/STEAM Education Art Education Artist Training & Development Performing Arts Theater Opera Symphony/Orchestra Ballet Museums & Cultural Institutions Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The mission of the Hearst Foundations is to identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States can build healthy, productive and satisfying lives. Through its grantmaking, the Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of focus—culture, education, health and social service—and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

Whether providing a scholarship to a deserving student, supporting a rural health clinic or bringing artists into schools so children can see firsthand the beauty of the arts, the Foundations’ focus is consistent: to help those in need, those underserved and those underrepresented in society. Since the Foundations were formed in the 1940s, the scale and capabilities of the grant making have changed, but the mission has not.

Culture Grant

The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those that enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent. Supported organizations include arts schools, ballets, museums, operas, performing arts centers, symphonies and theaters.

Funding Priorities in Culture

In the recent past, 25% of total funding has been allocated to Culture. Organizations with budgets over $10 million have received 60% of the funding in Culture.

The Hearst Foundations are only able to fund approximately 25% of all grant requests, of which about 80% is directed to prior grantees and about 20% is targeted toward new grantees.

Types of Support

Program, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support

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  • The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and satisfying lives.
  • If a grant request is unsuccessful, an organization must wait a minimum of one year from the date of declination before reapplying.
  • Grantees must wait a minimum of three years from their grant award date before the Foundations will consider another request.


  • Preference will be given to:
    • Artist development and training
    • Arts education programs that effectively fill the void of arts programming in K–12 curricula
    • Science programs that focus on developing skills in science, technology, engineering, environment, arts and math


  • In Limited Cases, the Foundations Fund:
    • Endowment grants, provided the organization has an existing endowment with the Hearst Foundations and a track record of strong performance and consistent stewardship
    • Faith-based organizations, provided that the services they offer are inclusive and fit within the Foundations' guidelines
    • Organizations lacking regional and national support
  • The Hearst Foundations do not fund organizations that are:
    • based outside of the United States
    • operating with audited expenses less than $2 million
    • undergoing leadership transitions or with new leadership in place for less than one year
    • not registered as 501(c)(3) organizations.
      • An IRS determination letter is required to receive funding.
  • The Hearst Foundations do not fund proposals seeking funding for:
    • festivals, tours, conferences, workshops or seminars
    • radio, film or television production
    • publications, books, magazines or newspapers
    • advocacy or public policy research
    • special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events
    • seed money or pilot programs
    • established programs lacking demonstrable long-term impact on populations served
    • program-related investments (PRI)
    • local chapters of national organizations (the Foundations typically fund initiatives at the national/headquarters level)
    • scholarship or fellowship recipients studying or residing outside of the United States

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This page was last reviewed June 11, 2024 and last updated May 09, 2024