Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy Grant

Smith Richardson Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University

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

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates. 

The Foundation believes that policy makers face a series of challenges that need to be met if the United States is going to continue to prosper and provide opportunity to all of its citizens. One such challenge is to enhance social and economic mobility through such measures as improving the quality of the primary and secondary school sector and providing opportunities for post-secondary education and training for adults. A second challenge is to create an economic climate hospitable to entrepreneurship and growth. This will require a rethinking of how governments at all levels raise revenue and make fiscal choices among competing priorities as well as greater attention to balancing the costs and benefits of regulatory initiatives.

To meet these broad objectives, the Foundation has developed a number of grant making portfolios.  A group of grants is focused on the challenges of identifying mechanisms that can inform thinking on fiscal practices at the national, state, and municipal levels.

  •  In terms of human capital development, the Foundation has been supporting work to identify how schools can become more productive by, for example, increasing the quality of the teacher workforce or adopting more effective curricula. 
  • Because success in the contemporary economy requires individuals to acquire education and training beyond high school, the Foundation is building a portfolio of projects on post-secondary education. 
  • Finally, the Foundation is supporting work on the criminal justice system that will examine whether costs can be lowered while still protecting public safety.

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


  • The Foundation does not provide support for the following: 
    • Deficit funding of previously established operations 
    • Building or construction projects 
    • Arts and humanities projects 
    • Historic restoration projects 
    • Research projects in the physical sciences 
    • Evaluations of direct service organizations conducted internally 
    • Educational or other support to individuals

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