Mellon Foundation awards record $228.4 million in quarterly grants

Mellon Foundation awards record $228.4 million in quarterly grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $228.4 million — the largest quarterly total in the foundation's fifty-one-year history. 

In the fourth quarter, the foundation awarded a hundred and eighty-six grants in support of the arts and humanities, higher education, and cultural organizations impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards include $10 million to the California Community Foundation for its emergency response in support of arts and cultural organizations in Los Angeles County; $2.35 million to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in support of the preservation and publication of documentary sources related to African-American, Asian-American, Latinx, and Native American histories; $1.15 million to the Flamboyán Foundation in support of fellowships for Puerto Rican writers; $9.3 million to Prison Education Futures in support of its efforts to deliver college-level courses to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals; and $3.63 million to provide assistance to humanities students transferring from community college to a four-year university.

Grant recipients focused on racial and social justice issues include Pennsylvania State University's Just Transformations initiative ($3.15 million), the University of California, Los Angeles' EPIC II: Social Justice Curriculum ($5 million), and Wesleyan University's Antiracism Arts Initiative. 

"Nonprofits across the nation have been whipsawed by the interconnected crises of a global pandemic, a major economic downturn, and the alarming effects of racial injustice," the foundation said in a statement. "The [f]oundation's grantmaking will help fortify infrastructure and reimagined programming in higher education, the arts, and culture."

For a complete list of the foundation's fourth-quarter grants, see the Mellon Foundation website.