The Robert Lehman Foundation operates exclusively in the field of the visual arts. Grants are made to leaders in the field of the visual arts as well as innovative newcomers - museums, arts organizations, educational institutions and other cultural organizations - with the goal of enhancing the role of the visual arts within American and world culture. The Foundation supports museum exhibitions, art education programs, scholarly publications and art history lectureships that complement the strengths of the Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and advance the goal of identifying the Foundation with serious scholarly endeavors. The art education programs we support share the goal of providing art education to underserved communities that have insufficient access to any type of arts learning, This stems from the Foundation’s strong belief that access to the arts improves the lives of people and communities.
Please upload your proposal below. The proposal should include a brief history and mission of the organization, project summary, project and organizational budgets, financial statements, list of the organization's Board of Directors and Officers as well as a copy of the organization's 501(c)3 ruling. For organizations that have received a grant from the Foundation in the past, please include a Grantee Survey and giving history. If the proposal is for funding of an exhibition, please include images.
The Board of Trustees of the Foundation reviews proposals on a bi-annual basis, with meetings generally held in October and May. Proposals to be considered at the May meeting must be received by April 1. Proposals to be considered at the October meeting must be received by September 1
Organizations that have received Robert Lehman Foundation grants for four consecutive years will not be eligible for consideration of further grants for a period of two years. The Foundation has adopted this policy due to the significant increase in the number of proposals received by the Foundation, and in order to release funds for new and deserving institutions. Please note that this policy does not apply to the Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureship program.
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