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From Supporting Youth Musicians to Raising the Next Generation of Conservationists: Hearst Foundations Announce Summer Grants Totaling Over $16 Million


Founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1946, Hearst Foundations helps people of all backgrounds in the United States live healthy and productive lives through grants to nonprofit institutions.

Making more than $16,400,000 in grants to 76 organizations across the country this quarter, Hearst Foundations grants support the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, which helps youth from every corner of Boston pursue musical training; Austin, TX-based Re:wild, whose programs train the next generation of conservationists and environmental stewards; and Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, a past grantee that provides job training for people returning from incarceration.

Operating independently from Hearst, Hearst Foundations has made nearly 23,000 grants totaling $1.5 billion, supporting over 6,335 organizations.

Grant proposals are submitted by organizations around the country and reviewed by staff based in New York City and San Francisco. These requests are then brought to the board of directors for approval each quarter. 

Learn more about the services supported by the summer 2023 grants below.


Alabama Symphonic Association, Birmingham, AL: To support music education programs.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Boston, MA: To support the first phase of the BYSO Youth Center for Music.

Center for Curatorial Leadership, New York, NY: For general support.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM: To support the new O’Keeffe capital campaign.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Garrison, NY: To support the capital campaign to build a permanent state-of-the-art cultural and educational performing arts center.

Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, CA: To support learning and achieving through the arts.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York, NY: To support the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund.

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS: To support education programs.

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL: To support the Institute for Quality Science Teaching.

New York Shakespeare Festival, New York, NY: To support the Public Works community outreach program.

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL: To support the Phase 2 Comprehensive Campaign.

Red Mountain Theatre Company, Birmingham, AL: To support arts education programming.

Reel Stories Teen Filmmaking, Brooklyn, NY: To support workforce readiness and career development programming.

School of American Ballet, New York, NY: To support the Diversity Initiative to increase minority representation among ballet students and dancers in the U.S.

Skystone Foundation, Flagstaff, AZ: For general support.

The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, IL: To support community engagement programs and the Academy of Dance.

Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma, CA: To support the Intern and Apprentice Program.


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: To support the ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship Program in Art History.

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL: To provide scholarship funds as part of the Augustana Possible program.

Breakthrough New York, New York, NY: For general support.

Centre College, Danville, KY: To provide scholarships for low-income and first-generation students from underserved populations.

Challenge Success, Stanford, CA: For general support.

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA: To support construction of the Robert Day Sciences Center.

Girls Inc. of New York City, New York, NY: To support Mind Body Matters, a mental health program for teenage girls.

iCivics, Cambridge, MA: To support Constitution Explained civics education resources.

National Geographic Society, Washington, DC: To support NG Photo Camps for young people in the United States.

National Louis University, Chicago, IL: For support of the Career Bridge program.

New York University, New York, NY: To support scholarships for students at the NYU Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts.

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA: To support the capital campaign for renovation of the Norris Hall of Chemistry.

Prep for Prep, New York, NY: To support the College Guidance and Undergraduate Affairs programs to help students apply, matriculate and thrive in college.

Re:wild, Austin, TX: To support Conservation Pathways for Youth and Re:wild Associate Fellows programs in the United States.

Regis High School, New York, NY: To support the Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools program.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY: To support scholarships for American Sign Language interpreters of color.

Rockefeller University, New York, NY: To support the RockEDU Science Outreach program.

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT: To support current-use William Randolph Hearst Scholarships for juniors and seniors pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY: To support scholarships for underrepresented and first-generation students pursuing STEM education.

The News Literacy Project, Washington, DC: To support news literacy education in schools nationwide.

University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA: To support the Hearst Accelerator Fund for the Multimodal Imaging Data Initiative over two years.

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL: To provide current-use scholarships for second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing students.

University of Florida Foundation, Gainesville, FL: To support the Summer Media Institute and CJC On the Go at the College of Journalism and Communications.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: To support students in the master’s program at the Broad Stem Cell Research Center.

William Jewell College, Liberty, MO: To provide Access Scholarships.


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY: To support the Collaboratory’s health programs.

American Kidney Fund, Rockville, MD: To support one postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on kidney disease for one year.

Americares Free Clinic, Stamford, CT: To provide general support.

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO: To support the Genomic Answers for Kids program.

Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO: To support the purchase of capital equipment for the Research Program.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, TX: To support the developmental and emotional needs of hospitalized children through the Child Life program.

Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services, Cedar Rapids, IA: To support school-based mental health professional training for teachers and staff.

Hana Health, Hana, HI: To support the construction of a specialty care clinic.

Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Huntsville, AL: To support the Parkinson’s Care Clinic and the Mobile Medical Unit.

KABOOM!, Bethesda, MD: To support community-built playgrounds in Uvalde, Texas.

Keep Memory Alive, Las Vegas, NV: To provide rural programming through the Nevada Exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Northwell Health Foundation, New Hyde Park, NY: To provide training to primary care physicians in medical, behavioral and mental healthcare for veterans and their families.

ProHealth Care Foundation, Waukesha, WI: To support the Healing Conversations bilingual mental health program at the Hispanic Health Resource Center.

St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Campus, Allentown, PA: To support initiatives in regenerative healthcare.

The Carter Burden Network, New York, NY: To support the creation of a Healthy Aging Technology Center at the Leonard Covello Older Adult Center in East Harlem.

Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY: To support the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

West Virginia Health Right, Charleston, WV: To support the free pharmacy for low-income patients.

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Washington, DC: To provide the Grief and Trauma Certification program to school-based mental health providers.


California Association of Food Banks, Oakland, CA: To support increased participation in the Farm to Family program.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, New York, NY: To support the Feeding Our Neighbors and Eviction Prevention programs.

Emergency Food Network, Lakewood, WA: To support the Building for the Future capital campaign.

Food Bank for New York City, New York, NY: To support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, NC: To support the Workforce Services Training Program.

Hire Heroes USA, Alpharetta, GA: To provide employment services for military members, veterans and their spouses.

Homes of Hope, Greenville, SC: To provide general support.

Juma Ventures, San Francisco, CA: To support a new strategic plan.

LifeMoves, Menlo Park, CA: To support BehavioralMoves, a behavioral health program for homeless families.

Living Classrooms Foundation, Baltimore, MD: To support Project SERVE, a job training program for citizens returning from incarceration.

New Hope Housing, Inc., Houston, TX: To support the Lives In Forward Transition initiative.

Share Our Strength, Washington, DC: To support the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA: To provide general support.

The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport, CT: To support the Pro Bono Civil Legal Center for domestic violence victims.

The Food Group Minnesota, Inc., New Hope, MN: To provide general support.

Union Mission, Savannah, GA: To provide general support.

For more information, visit the Hearst Foundations website.

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