The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation aims to strengthen and promote contributions of the humanities and the arts to community improvement and diversity. The Foundation makes grants in the following five core program areas:

    1. Arts and Cultural Heritage - seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and conservation practices in the arts, while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for these disciplines. The program supports the work of artists, curators, conservators, and scholars, and aims to strengthen performing arts organizations, art museums, research institutes, and conservation centers.
    2. Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities – helps institutions and professional organizations respond to the economic, demographic, financial, and technological challenges affecting higher education; supports initiatives designed to enhance the learning experience of both undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities; and fosters collaborations within and among institutions that support disciplinary innovation, foster practices of diversity and inclusion, and promote the social value of the humanities.
    3. International Higher Education and Strategic Projects – focuses on partnerships with institutions already supported by the Foundation, especially on issues of global grand challenges. The program's overarching purpose is to help these institutions become durable and capable of contributing to social cohesion, as well as to assist them in constructing educational systems that serve the interests of society at large. 
    4. Scholarly Communications - assists research libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and arts organizations that seek to realize the potential of digital technologies, and thereby to further the collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world. The Scholarly Communications program promotes the common good by supporting the creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources, interpretive scholarship in the humanities, and other scholarly and artistic materials. The program aims to develop the sustainable tools, organizations, and networks of scholars and other professionals needed for these purposes. 

    History of Funding

    Previous grant recipients can be viewed on the Foundation's website at

    Additional Information

    For additional information, please contact the appropriate program staff member ( associated with your project area.


    Program Staff

    Program Staff
    140 E. 62nd Street
    New York, NY 10065
    (212) 838-8400

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on proposal.

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