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Public Knowledge Grant

Mellon Foundation

Funding Amount

$150,000 maximum

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Rolling LOI Submissions


Three interconnected strategies:
1. Preserving original source materials in all formats, including web-based content, with focus on materials from historically underrepresented cultures and populations
2. Supporting the innovative maintenance and sustainability of technology, tools, and infrastructure for content related to the Foundation’s social justice orientation
3. Creating and strengthening networks for the interdependent sharing of resources, services, and collections

Additional details on each via website

Who Can Apply

The Foundation makes most of its grants to organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be section 501(c)(3) public charities.  The Foundation also makes grants to charitable organizations outside the United States that have 501(c)(3) status or that are equivalent to US public charities

Grant application consists of four pieces:
1. Information on the proposed grant and organization
2. A proposal narrative document that provides detailed information on proposed work
3. Supplemental documents
4. A budget and budget description outlining how funds would be spent

Additional Eligibility Requirements

The Public Knowledge grantmaking program makes grants to institutions and organizations. Mellon does not make grants directly to individuals, although we do support regranting programs that benefit individuals. We welcome inquiries, which can be submitted via our Grants Portal

Grants Portal:

Please do not send inquiries about possibilities for support to more than one Mellon grantmaking area. If you already have an account on Fluxx, please contact program staff directly



Additional Information

For additional information or questions, contact the grants management department at or (212) 838-8400

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