Grant Programs

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation supports pivotal initiatives in the arts. By supporting innovative new programs at their earliest stages, the Foundation is dedicated to integrating art into the fabric of everyday life.


Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018, Whitney Museum of American Art

The Foundation provides a variety of grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. For most of these programs, we accept letters of inquiry on a quarterly basis for bold proposals that align with our mission. Please refer to individual program pages for details about eligibility and deadlines.

We are pleased to announce three new initiatives that build on the Thoma Foundation’s longstanding commitment to promoting new scholarship in our collection areas, increasing educational opportunities, and building capacity in cultural organizations. Our new Publication Grants Program supports university and museum press publishing projects that offer significant new scholarship within our collection areas. The Digital Changemaker Grant funds small or midsize organizations reimagining the role and use of technology in art and culture. Finally, our Equity Grants aim to improve the lives of young people in rural or under-resourced areas of Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas with a focus on arts and culture, education, and community-building.

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018, Whitney Museum of American Art

Fellowship Programs for Individuals

Congreso de Arte Virreinal: El Futuro del Arte del Pasado symposium in Lima, Peru organized by 2019–20 Marilynn Thoma Fellows.

In addition to our grantmaking, the Foundation runs two annual fellowship programs for individuals: the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Art of the Spanish Americas and the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Art of the Spanish Americas.

Congreso de Arte Virreinal: El Futuro del Arte del Pasado symposium in Lima, Peru organized by 2019–20 Marilynn Thoma Fellows.

More About Our Grants Programs

What kind of initiatives have received funding? To learn more about our past recipients, please visit the link below.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about any of our grant programs.