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Hearst Foundations Grants

Hearst Foundations
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Organizations located EAST of the Mississippi River should contact:

Organizations located WEST of the Mississippi River should contact:


The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address issues within four major areas of interest:

  1. Health: supports regional hospitals, medical centers, and specialized medical institutions. Funds direct medical services that promote wellness, prevention and rehabilitation. Areas of interest include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled. Support for advanced professional education and training is also considered in these fields. In response to the ongoing nursing shortage, the Foundations also fund nursing programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators in this field.
  2. Social Service: Supports direct-service organizations that foster solutions to social and economic problems. Priority is given to efforts that enable children, youth, and families to lead productive and independent lives. Interests include family support services, domestic violence, child abuse prevention, after-school programs, youth development, literacy, housing and homelessness, job training, economic development and programs for older adults
  3. Education: supports institutions of higher education dedicated to preparing students to succeed in a global society. Preference is given to undergraduate education at medium-sized, private liberal arts colleges and universities. A limited number of grants may also be given to support K-12 programs and graduate level study. Funding is focused on endowed scholarships.
  4. Culture: Funds cultural institutions that offer programs in the arts and sciences, the majority of which enable access for young people. Focuses on education initiatives for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Funding may also be given to support programs that nurture artistic development.

Organizations that are tax-exempt under code 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundations do not generally provide funding for organizations with an operating budget under $1 million.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Amounts vary depending on the type funding requested. Please refer to the grants approved section of the program website to see the types and amounts of grants the Foundations award.

Application process

All applications must be completed using the Hearst Foundations' online grant application. A link to the application is available on the Foundation's application guidelines web page.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Cancer · Children and youth · Elderly population · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare needs and services · Hospitals · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · People with disabilities · Schools · Self-sufficiency · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Women

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.