Hearst Foundations

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    The Hearst Foundation


    The Hearst Foundations support well-established non-profit organizations that address important issues within the foundation's major areas of interest, which are:

    • Education - For exemplary institutions of higher education dedicated to preparing students to succeed in a global society. Preference is given to undergraduate education at medium size private, liberal arts colleges and universities. In addition, a limited number of grants may also be awarded to support K-12 programs and graduate level study.
    • Health - For leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions, such as children's and women's hospitals. The Foundations fund direct medical services that promote wellness, prevention and rehabilitation. Areas of interest include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled.
    • Culture - For cultural institutions that offer innovative programs in the arts and sciences, the majority of which enable access for young people. The Foundations' focus includes education initiatives for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Foundations also support programs that nurture artistic development.
    • Social Service - For comprehensive direct-service organizations that foster effective solutions to social and economic problems. Priority is given to efforts that enable children, youth and families to lead productive and independent lives. The Foundations' interests include family support services, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, after-school programs, youth development, literacy, housing and homelessness, job training, economic development, and programs for older adults. Within these areas, the Foundations generally provide endowment, program, and capital grant support. Private nonprofits with significant support from the philanthropic community are favored over those financed through government sources.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects are available at: https://www.hearstfdn.org/grant-recipients-database

    Additional Information

    The Hearst Foundations DO NOT FUND organizations that are:

    • based outside of the United States
    • operating with audited expenses less than $2 million
    • undergoing leadership transitions or with new leadership in place for less than one year
    • not registered as 501(c)(3) organizations. An IRS determination letter is required to receive funding

    The Hearst Foundations DO NOT FUND proposals seeking funding for:

    • festivals, tours, conferences, workshops or seminars
    • radio, film or television production
    • publications, books, magazines or newspapers
    • advocacy or public policy research
    • special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events
    • seed money or pilot programs
    • established programs lacking demonstrable long-term impact on populations served
    • program-related investments (PRI)
    • local chapters of national organizations (the Foundations typically fund initiatives at the national/headquarters level)
    • scholarship or fellowship recipients studying or residing outside of the United States

    In Limited Cases, the Foundations Fund:

    • Endowment grants, provided the organization has an existing endowment with the Hearst Foundations and a track record of strong performance and consistent stewardship
    • Faith-based organizations, provided that the services they offer are inclusive and fit within the Foundations' guidelines
    • Organizations lacking regional and national support


    Mason Granger

    Mason Granger
    New York Grants Staff
    300 West 57th Street,
    New York, NY 10019-5404

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests culture, education, health and social service; and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

    Deadline Details

    All applications must be submitted via the Hearst Foundations' online application portal. The Hearst Foundations no longer accept applications or materials through the mail. Please refer to the foundation website for links to access the instructions and online application. The Hearst Foundations have a year-round, rolling application process; there are no deadlines. Once submitted, every request goes through an evaluation process by the staff that generally spans four to six weeks. For those organizations being considered for approval by the Board of Directors, a site visit (virtual or in-person) and further due diligence will be conducted. The Board meets to approve grants in March, June, September and December. The average time from proposal submission to grant award is six months. 

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by proposal. The minimum grant size is $100,000.

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