San Francisco Bay Area: Science & Technology Museums

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Research, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County Show all

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Please note that we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Because of our tightly-defined grantmaking strategies, many worthwhile projects fall outside the scope of our funding priorities. However, if you have thoughts or inquiries related to our work that you would like to share, you may send us a brief, ~100-word email. Please understand that due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are only able to commit to reviewing those inquiries that adhere to the ~100-word guideline.

Our Science and Technology Museums Program supports San Francisco Bay Area institutions that have the power to reach a large and diverse audience with rich scientific information. These institutions offer experiences that spur people to ask questions, think critically and try to understand how things around them work. In doing so, they activate the inner scientist in all of us and lay a foundation for broad appreciation of science in the world around us.

We support educational programming, design of exhibit experiences, teacher development and research and evaluation at these learning centers. We have made investments in such work at the California Academy of Sciences, Chabot Space and Science Center, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

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


  • Only San Francisco Bay Area institutions are eligible.
  • Our indirect cost policy provides that the indirect cost rate may not exceed 12.5 percent of the direct costs of the project.
  • Direct costs may include:
    • Personnel
    • Consultants and contractors
    • Subgrants
    • Other direct expenses
    • Equipment and capital expenditures