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.
Funding Priorities in Education
The Hearst Foundations are only able to fund approximately 25% of all grant requests, of which about 80% is directed to prior grantees and about 20% is targeted for new grantees.
In the recent past, 30% of total funding has been allocated to Education. Organizations with budgets over $10 million have received 80% of the funding in Education.
Types of Support:
- Program, scholarship, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
Preference Will Be Given To:
- Higher education programs and scholarships and, on a limited basis, scholarships for post-graduate education
- College access and college success programming
- Professional development for educators
- Science education programs that focus on developing career pathways in science, technology, engineering, environment and math
Please Also Note:
- If a grant request is unsuccessful, an organization must wait a minimum of one year from the date of declination before reapplying.
- Grantees must wait a minimum of three years from their grant award date before the Foundations will consider another request.
- For more information on our grant-making practices, please visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).