The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes grants in four core program areas:
- Higher Education and Scholarship
- Scholarly Communications and Information Technology
- Art History, Conservation, and Museums
- Performing Arts
Collaborative planning between the Foundation and its grantee institutions generally precedes awards and is an integral part of grantmaking.
Therefore, prospective applicants are encouraged not to submit a full proposal but rather to send a short query letter that sets forth the need, nature and amount of their request, along with evidence of suitable classification by the Internal Revenue Service.
Grant inquiries should be made, by writing or e-mail, to the appropriate program officer and program area, as listed in the Grant Programs section of this Web site. We ask that you not send duplicate inquiries to more than one program area.
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. Unsolicited proposals are rarely funded.
Institutions proposing projects that involve the creation of intellectual property should also consult the Foundation's Intellectual Property Policy [pdf].