Grants for Nonprofit Organizations


The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose innovative projects and original ideas will advance scholarship in the arts. We accept Letters of Inquiry on a rolling basis for bold proposals provide promising insights into the fields of art which we collect: Art of the Spanish Americas, Digital & Electronic Art, Japanese Bamboo, and Post-War Painting & Sculpture. We value long-term relationships with grantees and encourage you to connect with us at any stage of the application process.

We currently have three types of grants: our Grants for Nonprofit Organizations for academic, exhibition, conservation, or convening support, our Bold Initiatives matching fund program, and our Publication Grants Program.

For more information on projects we have supported in the past, view our previous recipients. Questions about our grant opportunities should be sent to All grant requests must be submitted online through our online grant portal.

Beginning in mid-September 2020, our grant portal will be moving from Slideroom to SmartSimple. For instructions on how to apply with the new system, download this User Guide.


*Please note that our applicants for Awards & Fellowships for Individuals do not need to submit a separate LOI and should use the new grants portal.