The Arcus Foundation is always looking for innovative ideas that advance informed and engaged communities. Our funding strategy targets two main areas of focus: LGBT rights and conservation and respect for the great apes.
For more information about our priorities and strategies and to see whether your project aligns, please visit our program area pages:
We do not make grants to individuals, or for scholarships, lobbying purposes, election campaigns, or medical research. The Arcus Foundation requires all organizations seeking funding to have in place a board-approved Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy that specifically includes and lists sexual orientation and gender identity, and requires compliance with all other applicable federal and local EEO laws. Organizations with noncompliant EEO policies will not be considered for funding.
How to Apply for Funding
Thank you for your interest in the Arcus Foundation. We are always looking for innovative ideas that advance informed and engaged communities.
If your organization is eligible to be funded by Arcus, the next step is to identify which specific program and funding area applies to your program. The steps below describe the Arcus grantmaking process, and the estimated timeframes associated with each stage.
1. Submit an Initial Funding Concept (IFC) – The first step in submitting an initial request for funding or a concept is to use our online system. Clicking on the link at the bottom of this page will bring you to a short IFC form within our grantmaking portal. Once received, it will be directed to the appropriate program staff for review and you can expect to hear from us within 3-4 weeks.
2. Submission of a Letter of Inquiry and full Proposal – If your organization’s work aligns with our values, strategic priorities and EEO requirement, your organization could be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry, and a subsequent full Proposal, which includes the submission of additional organizational and project-specific documentation.
3. Proposal review and funding determination – The LOI and Proposal review may include program officers, directors, vice presidents, the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees. The timeframe varies depending on the size and scope of the proposal. Arcus program and grants management staff will be in contact with you during this process and will notify you of the final decision.Apply Now