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Page: Early Education Policy

The goal of the Foundation’s early education policy grantmaking is to advance a higher-quality, better-funded early childhood system through support for policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation nationally and in California. The current early childhood system lacks adequate funding to support the delivery of high-quality programs and services to all children and, as a result, cannot… Continue Reading

Page: Early Educational Transitions

The goal of the Foundation’s early educational transitions grantmaking is to promote an education system in which early learning connects and aligns with later learning. By connecting and aligning early and later learning, a child’s education becomes a continuum rather than a series of fragmented experiences. In this way, gains made in the earliest years… Continue Reading

Page: For Current Grantees

The Foundation requires reports on grants awarded. These reports include a narrative describing accomplishments as well as a financial accounting of funds. They provide us with an opportunity to learn about your work and the field, and to hear directly from you. Interim Report Guidelines Download Final Report Guidelines Download

Page: For Invited Grantseekers

The Heising-Simons Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals in any of its grantmaking areas. If you have been invited to submit a letter of inquiry or a proposal to the Foundation, please contact your program officer for additional instructions. Frequently Asked Questions What is the Foundation’s indirect cost policy?It is the Foundation’s policy that the grant under… Continue Reading

Page: Community and Opportunity

The Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program focuses on four areas: resilient local community, organizational effectiveness for Foundation grantees, journalism, and the CEO Fund. Grants made under this program are offered by invitation only. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. WHAT'S NEW American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Rebecca Nagle and Darcy CourteauFebruary 4, 2020Supporting… Continue Reading

Page: Human Rights

The Foundation's Human Rights program is rooted in our belief in the inherent dignity of all people. In the United States and around the world, too many people are denied full and equal rights and participation in the political, social, and economic institutions that shape their lives. In our grantmaking, we work toward achieving a… Continue Reading

Climate and Clean Energy

Page: Climate and Clean Energy

The goal of the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program is to protect people and the planet from the worst impacts of climate change by cutting pollution and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. We aim to help make energy clean, affordable, safe, and reliable for all. The program’s grantmaking supports organizations that… Continue Reading

Page: Science

The goal of the Foundation’s Science program is to support fundamental research primarily in the physical sciences. We believe that basic research, when done strategically, has the potential to innovate, elevate, and revolutionize humanity’s knowledge and understanding of the universe. Across its funding, the program employs three major approaches: enabling basic scientific research, connecting key… Continue Reading