The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides support in various categories including higher education and scholarship in the humanities, arts and culture heritage, diversity, scholarly communications, international higher education and strategic projects.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation considers limited number of grants funding maximum amount up to $150,000 USD. Grantees should review program area guidelines to determine whether the project fits within the Foundation’s programmatic interests and mission. Organizations from any country may apply. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.
Program Areas are
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation calls applications from research institutes, universities, and colleges working on the project to train scholars and producing scholarship. There are various fellowship progarms for graduates and scholars under this area.
Arts and Culture Heritage – The arts and culture heritage program aims to support work of curators, outstanding artists, conservators, and scholars. The program initiates to broaden public access towards understanding of the arts.
Diversity – The diversity area includes Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) and other pipeline programs that help to diversify next generation of university/college faculty.
Scholarly Communications – The program provides assistance to museums, universities, research libraries, archives, presses, and arts organizations. Its main motive is to nourish our understanding of societies and culture around the world.
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects – The program works for the commitment to the humanities, arts, and higher education. All these can meet the requirement of basic needs such as energy, food, health, and clean air.
Types of Grants
- Spendable Grants : to be spent according to the proposal, schedule, budget, and
conditions specified in the Foundation’s award letter.
- Endowment Grants: establish institutional funds that are subject to specific spending limitations set by the Foundation and governed by applicable state law.
- Matching Grants: both spendable and endowment grants may be subject to a matching requirement. Only newly received gifts of cash or securities, in hand, valued at the time of transfer, anddesignated for the Foundation-supported project, qualify as matching contributions. Pledges do not qualify. If the Foundation awards a matching grant, it will pay matching funds in installment amounts specified in the Foundation’s award letter.
The terms of a grant proposal, management of a grant, and requests for modifications of grant terms are governed by the Foundation’s grantmaking policies. These policies set forth, among other matters:
- Grantees’ fiduciary, reporting, and record-keeping responsibilities
- Application and reporting guidelines for non-US organizations
- Requirements concerning the creation and distribution of intellectual property, and the securing of rights and permissions associated with software and digital products
- Requirements relating to endowment grants
- Procedures associated with matching terms and payments
- Guidelines for requesting grant modifications
How to Apply
Prospective grantees should review program area guidelines before inquiring about a particular project. If Foundation staff find that the project fits within the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, they will invite a grant proposal. A proposal should only be submitted if invited by program staff.
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