Guidelines

The Foundation accepts proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations for academic programs, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and publications that provide promising new insights into the fields in which we collect art. We encourage early stage projects with ground-shifting concepts where seed funds are critical to the endeavor.

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from individuals.


Grant Types

  • Academic and Education Support

Academic grants and endowments for innovative people and projects that encourage critical thinking, inventive approaches and scholarship in our art collection areas.

  • Convening Support

Artist talks, lectures, symposia, conferences and scholarly convenings that cultivate dialogue around the pressing issues affecting the fields in which we collect art.

  • Exhibition Support

Exhibition research, development and implementation of dynamic curatorial projects in our art collection areas, particularly those that share new perspectives in the field and reach out to new audiences. Exhibition proposals should demonstrate significant new developments and scholarly impact on the field, as well as rigorous scholarship and innovative approaches in outreach and education, including in-gallery interpretation.

  • Publication Support

Exhibition catalogues and publication projects that increase awareness and understanding of the fields in which we collect, highlighting new thinking and context in the field. Publication support may be used for research, translations, travel, editing and production costs.

Criteria

We ask prospective grantees to begin by reviewing our website thoroughly to determine if their project is compatible with our mission and art collection areas.

Successful projects will satisfy the following criteria:

  • Advance the Foundation’s mission to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures through art.
  • Bring new understanding to the developing and under-researched fields of art that are represented in our collection:
    • Digital & Electronic
    • Spanish Colonial
    • Japanese Bamboo
    • Modern & Contemporary (specifically Color Field, Hard Edge & Optical, Light & Space, and New Mexico Modernism)
  • Establish effective presentation, messaging and communications around the project.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and advance planning with a thorough and thoughtful proposal (we request a Letter of Inquiry 1-2 years in advance of the implementation of the project).
  • Create enterprising efforts to engage participants, stimulate conversation and facilitate learning for art and non-art audiences.
  • Establish measurable outcomes that will be evaluated as part of the project.

Please see our How to Apply and Letter of Inquiry pages for more information.

Questions about our grant opportunities for organizations should be sent to grants@thomafoundation.org.