Private Higher Education Grant

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

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Next deadline: Aug 27, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Nov 12, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $300,000

Fields of work: Education - Higher Education

Applicant type: Private College / University

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

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



As a graduate of Amherst College, Arthur Vining Davis experienced first-hand the value of a liberal arts education. The broad training that he received as a student equipped him to play a number of roles during his career: scientific innovator, corporate entrepreneur, real estate developer, and orchid farmer, to name just a few. His recognition of the transformative impact of liberal learning led him to give regularly to numerous private colleges and universities, and to encourage his Foundations to continue to provide this support.

The Private Higher Education Program Area supports colleges and universities that prioritize undergraduate education and emphasize the liberal arts. The Foundations provide grants directly to private colleges and universities as well as to consortia that support those institutions in their educational mission. Although the Foundations support a variety of programs in higher education, grants typically support projects that improve student outcomes or enhance faculty leadership. The Foundations do not provide grants to support capital projects or endowment.

Grant Amounts 

Private Higher Education grants typically range from $25,000 to $300,000 although the Foundations will entertain larger requests. Grants can support projects that span multiple years.

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


  • All private, four-year residential colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
    • Those institutions undergoing a presidential transition must wait to submit a proposal until the new president has been in office for a year.  


  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will not support scholarships, endowments and indirect costs greater than 5% associated with projects.
  • We do not support grants to individuals and generally do not fund capital projects.
  • In addition, direct service programs, such as housing services and food pantries, will not be considered. 
  • The Foundations do not support organizations outside the United States. We do not support projects overseas.


This page was last reviewed January 20, 2021 and last updated January 20, 2021