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Clowes Fund grants $3.5 million

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Clowes Fund, Inc., a family foundation established in Indianapolis in 1952, has announced its grant distributions for the 2016 funding cycle. A total of approximately $3.5 million will be distributed to 77 nonprofit organizations in eight states, including nearly $2 million in Indianapolis.

In Indianapolis, the foundation’s grantmaking priorities are in two social services foci and honoring the philanthropic legacy of its founding donors, which includes the Clowes Collection of art (Old Masters paintings). Within social services, the foundation has two foci, workforce development and supportive services for immigrant, refugee and asylee populations.

Indiana grants approved in 2016 include $100,000 to Fathers and Families Resource-Research Center for its Strong Fathers Strong Families program; $40,000 to Information and Referral Network’s 2-1-1 bilingual services; and $20,000 to Big Car Media to support its work in cultural and lingual immigrant engagement.   

A comprehensive list of The Clowes Fund’s competitive grants can be found here. For more information about The Clowes Fund including a complete listing of recent grants, visit the Fund’s website at The history of The Clowes Fund’s lead founding donor is told in the book The Doc and the Duchess: The Life and Legacy of George H.A. Clowes, published by Indiana University Press in 2016.


About The Clowes Fund

Statement of values and mission:  The Clowes Fund seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.  We pursue these goals by awarding grants in three areas:  the arts, education and social services.  We also recognize the value of efforts that create links among these areas. The Clowes Fund has an interest in supporting projects that strengthen the communities in which Clowes family members and the foundation’s directors live and work.

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