The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.


The Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that result in:

Increasing academic achievement and affordable educational options for youth;

Improving health and quality of life in the United States;

Ensuring the role of the arts and sciences as a cornerstone of society;

Providing access to and training for employment and careers for adults;

Stabilizing and supporting families.

Funding Priorities

The Hearst Foundations support well-established 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. In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

Culture The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.

Education The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations' focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.

Health The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country's evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation's health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

Social Service The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.

Online Application

We thank you for your interest in the Hearst Foundations' Online Grant Application process. We have undertaken this transition in order to provide a more efficient and straightforward application experience to our potential partners. We spent many months creating, revising, testing, and evaluating the contents and format of the application. We hope that you will find it intuitive and user-friendly. In testing the application, we created Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to provide further assistance. The Instructions link is found below and the FAQ is found as a separate page on our website. The link to the Online Grant Application is also below. Please note that all applications must be completed using the Hearst Foundations' Online Grant Application. Applications that are not submitted within six months of the date they were started will automatically be deleted from our database.






The Hearst Foundations

300 West 57th Street

26th Floor

New York, New York 10019-3741

Telephone: 212-649-3750

Fax: 212-586-1917

Email: hearst.ny@hearstfdn.org

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