Samuel S. Fels Fund

Applications & Guidelines

Proposal Guidelines

Proposal Outline and Checklist

Proposal Cover Sheet

Post-Grant Report Guidelines


The Fels Board and staff are engaged in a strategic planning process that began in March of 2016. We anticipate changes to our program guidelines later this year.  Additionally, we will move to an online application process. When the guidelines and online applications are finalized, they will be published on this website.

In the meantime, we continue to accept proposals in our Community and Education categories, on a rolling basis. As in the past, we ask that you contact the Fels Fund, whether or not you have had prior support, to obtain feedback from staff about how your proposal aligns with our Community and Education priorities. Grants at Fels range in size from $5,000 to $30,000. Occasionally, we make a larger grant in an exceptional situation. Please review our listing of Recent Grants to get a good picture of our scope.

Regarding grants in Arts & Culture, we suspended our annual deadlines (January 15 and April 15) for general operating support to professional performing arts organizations, exhibitions, presenting and cultural support organizations until our grantmaking strategy is finalized and approved by our Board.

Thank you for your patience as we near the end of this year-long planning process.