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The Clowes Fund Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Arts, Education, and Social Services Projects

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states for projects in education, arts, and social services. Eligible states include Indiana, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. A statement of intent or preliminary proposal is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for organizations and projects that help build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.


Regions: The Fund concentrates its support in Indianapolis, Indiana and New England, and priority interests vary in each region.

  • Indianapolis, Indiana – The Fund gives preference to the stated social services priorities in Marion County and the seven contiguous surrounding counties.
  • In Massachusetts, the Fund gives priority consideration to social services, education and arts education requests serving Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester Counties, as well as other areas with significant populations of immigrants, refugees, and asylees.
  • In Vermont, the Fund gives priority consideration to arts education requests serving Windham County.
  • In New Hampshire, the Fund gives priority consideration to social services requests serving Grafton, Sullivan, and Cheshire counties, as well as other areas with significant populations of immigrants, refugees, and asylees.
  • In Maine, the Fund gives priority consideration to social services and education requests in southern and mid-coast parts of the State, which include Cumberland, Androscoggin, Knox, and Lincoln counties.

Interests: The Fund supports organizations and programs that focus primarily on socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals through the arts, education and certain social services, defined as follows:

  • Social Services
    • Immigrants, Refugees and Asylees – The Fund is interested in supporting efforts to address the economic, linguistic, legal and psychological hurdles that foreign-born individuals and their children face during integration into the United States’ society and its economy.
    • Workforce Development – The Fund is interested in ensuring that all individuals have access to both jobs skills training and the support services necessary to enable them to participate fully in the economic life of their communities. In addition, it is interested in supporting youth development efforts that prevent students (ages 15 to 25) from dropping out of school and assist in the re-entry of dropouts or their pursuit of an alternate course to economic self-sufficiency
  • Arts and Education: The Fund supports primary and secondary education through efforts that emphasize classroom instruction, such as professional development for educators or programs that are fully integrated into the school day.
    • The Fund considers community-based programs, such as after-school or summer enrichment, as youth development within the workforce development interests.
    • The Fund supports arts education programs that foster critical thinking skills and creativity.

For available types of grants, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176376

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund generally offers grant awards up to $50,000. First-time grants are generally within the Fund’s small grant range, up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is available.

First-time grants will be for a single year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Fund only makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations based in the United States that are also described in Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2) or (in certain cases) 509(a)(3).

Ineligible Requests:
- Organizations that discriminate in either policy or practice against people because of their age, race, national origin, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
- Programs that proselytize or promote specific religious doctrine.
- Sponsorships for fundraising events.
- Scholarships or direct financial awards to individuals.
- More than one request per organization per calendar year, including Clowes support that your organization may be receiving through a third party or funding collaborative.
- Lobbying or political elections.
- Certain Type III Supporting Organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal Process Timeline
- September – Updated guidelines are posted; previously funded organizations should contact Fund staff through mid-December for guidance about an appropriate new proposal by e-mailing a brief statement of intent.
- November 1st – Preliminary Proposals are due online via eGrant; receipt is auto-acknowledged; evaluation begins.
- December – Preliminary applicants receive either invitations to submit a Final Proposal or declinations.
- January – Staff may review draft narratives for those applicants who had been invited to submit a Final Proposal in response to either a Preliminary Proposal or a statement of intent submitted in the fall.
- February 1st – Final Proposals are due online via eGrant; receipt is auto-acknowledged; evaluation begins. Staff will review your proposal for completeness and compatibility with the Fund’s guidelines. Staff may choose to schedule a meeting or site visit to discuss the proposal. Viable compelling proposals will be forwarded to the appropriate regional grants review committee. An assigned reviewer will read your final proposal in its entirety and make a funding recommendation to the regional committee.
- March-April – Regional grants review committees convene. The committees may decline proposals, award certain grants within the Fund’s small grant range, or forward proposals to the full board for consideration.
- May-June – Board convenes and makes final grant decisions.
- July 1st – Funding decisions are communicated; grant contracts are issued.
- August - Grant Self-Evaluation Reports are due one year and 30 days after the close of the grant period; though the most common report deadline is August 1st, refer to the grant contract

The Fund approaches the grant proposal process in two phases: preliminary and final. If your organization has not received a competitive grant from the Fund within the past five years (2015-2019), you must submit a Preliminary Proposal. If your organization has received a competitive grant from the Fund within the past five years, you may skip the preliminary phase, but you should seek guidance from Fund staff by submitting a statement of intent before submitting a Final Proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Patricia M. Alonso, Program Assistant, Indiana

Elizabeth A. Casselman, Executive Director (Assistant Secretary), Indiana

Megan Briggs Reilly, New England Program Officer, Massachusetts

Erin M. Trisler, Program Manager (Assistant Treasurer), Indiana

The Clowes Fund
320 North Meridian Street, Suite 316
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1722

Phone: 317-833-0144 / 800-943-7209
Fax: 317-833-0145 / 800-943-7286

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Marion County and the seven contiguous surrounding Counties;   Maine: Southern and mid-coast parts of the state, which include Cumberland, Androscoggin, Knox and Lincoln Counties;   Massachusetts: Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester Counties; as well as other areas with significant populations of immigrants, refugees, and asylees;   New Hampshire: Grafton, Sullivan, and Cheshire Counties;   Vermont: Windham County