Arts and Cultural Heritage Program Grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $750,000

Fields of work: Art History Art Conservation Conceptual/ Performance Art Performing Arts Media Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Museums & Cultural Institutions Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, For-Profit Business

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: 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, staff will invite a grant proposal. Once invited, grantees should be prepared to work closely with program staff in refining the proposal, often through multiple drafts.

The arts constitute fields of inquiry and production that are distinct from other forms of thought and expression.  Accumulated over millennia, our global artistic heritage is a resource for cultural renewal as well as historical understanding.  Through performances, objects, and images, artists have long provoked insight and pleasure, and enriched and reflected on human experience.  In contemporary society, they stimulate innovation, reinvent media, articulate cultural critique, and work with communities to effect change.

Mission and Goals 

The Arts and Cultural Heritage program 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 outstanding artists, curators, conservators, and scholars, and endeavors to strengthen performing arts organizations, art museums, research institutes, and conservation centers.  Alongside our continued commitments to exemplary programs in the performing arts, art history, and conservation, new areas and strengthened emphases include:

  • Programs that strengthen the creation and preservation of, as well as scholarship about, new media and multidisciplinary arts 
  • Initiatives that broaden public access to and understanding of the arts 
  • Research, training, and recruitment programs that enhance diversity and inclusion in arts organizations 
  • Collaborations between institutions of higher education and the arts
  •  Efforts to address vulnerabilities distinctive to the arts, such as the financial health of small arts organizations and emergency preparedness and response

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


  • Eligible applicants:
    • Organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be 501(c)(3) charities
      • Includes universities, museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations that pursue scholarly, cultural, and charitable missions
    • Organizations outside the United States that are equivalent to US public charities
      • A non-US organization without a 501(c)(3) ruling from the IRS should be prepared to demonstrate its capacity to receive Foundation funds, either through determination by counsel that it is the equivalent of a US public charity or by other means of qualification.
    • The Foundation, at its discretion, may make restricted grants to organizations without such an equivalency determination, including to domestic for-profit organizations and foreign entities. 


  • We do not fund direct grants to individuals, capital and equipment costs, overhead, indirect costs, endowment management fees, one-off conferences, conservation treatment, K–12 arts education, or digitization of collections.
  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Individuals
  • Ineligible costs:
    • Endowment management fees
    • Student tuition
    • Library acquisitions
    • K–12 initiatives
    • Overhead
    • Indirect costs
    • Capital costs (construction, renovation, equipment)


This page was last reviewed June 14, 2021 and last updated June 14, 2021