Robert Lehman Foundation Grant

Robert Lehman Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $770,435

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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History

The Robert Lehman Foundation Inc. was incorporated in 1943 to serve as a vehicle for its Founder’s benefactions in the field of the visual arts.

On Mr. Lehman’s death in 1969, his entire collection, one of the most extraordinary and wide-ranging in the world, was bequeathed to the Foundation, on which responsibility devolved for carrying out Mr. Lehman’s wish that the collection be exhibited intact and in perpetuity in a manner evoking the ambiance of his ancestral home rather than that of an institutional collection.

After considering various alternatives, the Foundation entered into negotiations with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an institution especially close to Mr. Lehman’s heart, and of which he had been Chairman. These negotiations were quickly brought to a mutually satisfactory conclusion, and on January 30, 1970, the collection of more than three thousand works of art, dating from the early Renaissance to the 20th Century, was transferred to the Metropolitan Museum, where it is housed today in the Robert Lehman Wing and exhibited in accordance with Mr. Lehman’s wishes. 

It is the mission of the Foundation to fulfill and further Robert Lehman’s vision and therefore to support the visual arts in any fashion that seems likely to enhance the appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of this central aspect of our culture.

It is the mission of the Foundation to fulfill and further Robert Lehman’s vision and therefore to support the visual arts in any fashion that seems likely to enhance the appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of this central aspect of our culture.

Guidelines

The Robert Lehman Foundation operates exclusively in the field of the visual arts. The Foundation supports museum exhibitions, art education programs, scholarly publications and art history lectureships that complement the strengths of the Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and advance the goal of identifying the Foundation with serious scholarly endeavors. The art education programs we support share the goal of providing art education to underserved communities that have insufficient access to any type of arts learning, This stems from the Foundation’s strong belief that access to the arts improves the lives of people and communities.

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Eligibility:

  • Grants are made to leaders in the field of the visual arts as well as innovative newcomers - museums, arts organizations, educational institutions and other cultural organizations - with the goal of enhancing the role of the visual arts within American and world culture. 

Ineligibility:

  • Organizations that have received Robert Lehman Foundation grants for four consecutive years will not be eligible for consideration of further grants for a period of two years.
    • The Foundation has adopted this policy due to the significant increase in the number of proposals received by the Foundation, and in order to release funds for new and deserving institutions.