Clowes Fund awards $3 million in grants

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Clowes Fund, Inc., a family foundation established in Indianapolis in 1952, has announced its grant decisions for the 2020 competitive grants cycle. More than $1.4 million in grants is being awarded to 33 nonprofit organizations in New England, as part of a $3 million distribution to 54 organizations in multiple states.

The foundation’s grantmaking priorities in New England include two social services interests – workforce development and services for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers – as well as support of education and arts education. The foundation gives regional priority in New England to certain parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

New England grants awarded in 2020 include $20,000 to ACLU of New Hampshire for immigration legal services, $40,000 to OUT Maine to help schools become welcoming and affirming places for LGBTQ+ youth, and $262,500 to English for New Bostonians for English classes for more than 1,000 immigrants.

Competitive grants payable in 2020 exceed the foundation’s required distribution by nearly $400,000 as part of a COVID-19 response. In total, The Clowes Fund awarded $4.6 million in 2020; $3 million awarded through competitive proposals, and $1.6 million awarded as unsolicited emergency grants as part of a $3.2 million COVID-19 response drawn from endowment principal; the remaining $1.2 million is allocated to supplement grantmaking in 2021.

The Clowes Fund also awarded artwork from the Clowes Collection of art (Old Masters paintings) with an estimated value of nearly $400,000 to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields; transfer of ownership of the entire collection will culminate in 2021.

A comprehensive list of The Clowes Fund’s competitive grants awarded in 2020 is attached. For more information about The Clowes Fund including a complete listing of recent grants paid in 2019, visit the Fund’s website at