Lumina Foundation Grant

Lumina Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Vocational & Trade Education Medical Education & Professional Training College Success / Persistence Education - Higher Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




  • Lumina Foundation’s grant making is primarily proactive in nature. In other words, a large majority of our grants are awarded to partners solicited by the Foundation based on unique capacity or position to leverage large-scale systemic change. We have allocated a modest amount of grant monies for unsolicited inquiries to encourage innovative ideas that relate to our strategic portfolio.
  • Lumina Foundation welcomes LOIs year-round from eligible organizations seeking funds for work that fits within Lumina’s mission and guidelines. Generally we review unsolicited inquiries through the end of September. Inquiries submitted after September may be held for consideration until the following year.

Lumina Foundation believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality and social stability. With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well-served by higher education. Lumina’s overarching goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60 percent by 2025. This will represent an increase of 23 million graduates above current levels of production. While our mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, our emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing post-secondary certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials.

Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. Our current funding is directed to advance the following strategies:

  • Mobilize Employers, Metro Areas, and Regions to Increase Attainment
  • Mobilize Higher Education to Increase Student Success
  • Advance State Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Advance Federal Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Create New Models of Student Financial Support
  • Design New Higher Education Business and Finance Models
  • Create New Systems of Quality Credentials

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


  • Lumina Foundation makes grants within the United States and its territories, occasionally initiating a grant to an entity outside the United States in order to inform its work to expand access and success in postsecondary education in the United States.
  • The Foundation only funds organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code or to public organizations that are designated under section 170(c) of the Code, not individuals. 


  • Lumina Foundation does not make grants to:
    • supporting organizations controlled by disqualified persons to Lumina or
    • Type III supporting organizations that are not functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (as such terms are defined in the Internal Revenue Code).
  • What programs or activities does the Foundation NOT fund?
    • Partisan political or lobbying efforts (in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code). 
    • Direct service programs, especially those of small scale, including:
      • Workforce training.
      • Summer bridge programs for high school & college students.
      • English as a second language courses.
      • GED or other test preparation.
      • Literacy training.
      • Social/human services.
    • Discipline-specific programs or the creation of new degree programs.
    • Curriculum development.
    • Graduate-level or professional programs.
    • Research that is not directly applicable to our strategic outcomes.
    • Institution-specific projects not explicitly designed to stimulate change at a systemic level.
    • Individual scholarships or institutional scholarship programs.
    • Capital campaigns and endowments.
    • Requests exclusively for equipment, such as technology hardware and software.
    • Corporate sponsorships and fundraising events outside Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • Religious activities.
    • K-12 education reform.
    • Teacher education/training.
    • Tutoring or mentoring.
    • Meetings and conferences, unless they relate to a Foundation program.