The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation makes grants in three priority areas: Conservation, Performing Arts and Social Causes.
The Foundation’s Conservation grant making focuses primarily upon issues of ocean conservation. Priorities within Conservation are:
- Supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas
- Encouraging sustainable fisheries management
- Eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
- Conserving the world’s shark and ray species
- Limiting plastics pollution and other ocean debris
- Preserving coral species and ecosystems
Grant requests for other types of ocean-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis
The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation, perpetuation, and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include professional performers, presenters, (including broadcasters) and educators. We are currently considering grants to the Chicago area, Cleveland, Detroit, and the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Philadelphia, PA). Please note that we currently do not fund dance or film. We also do not fund individual commissions.
The goal of the Foundation’s grantmaking in Social Causes is to promote equitable, safe, and thriving communities, particularly for low-income Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Achieving this goal requires long-term, comprehensive approaches led by those closest to the challenges and the possibilities.
The Foundation is committed to understanding and addressing the root causes of persistent inequities for BIPOC families and communities, including the profoundly harmful impacts of structural racism and white supremacy. The Foundation funds efforts that promote access to meaningful life opportunities, such as quality education, networks of support and healing, and financial assets and employment. The Foundation also supports antiracist education, organizing, and advocacy efforts that have strong potential to advance meaningful systemic change.
Public and private disinvestment has created unjust inequities in almost every realm of social, economic, and civic life of many BIPOC communities. At the same time, every neighborhood is home to creative and resilient individuals, families, businesses, and institutions. The Foundation’s grantmaking in Social Causes seeks to recognize both of these realities while it learns from and supports thoughtful and strategic changemakers. Priority areas are Education, Economic Empowerment, and Justice.
For more details, please read the foundation’s paper, “A New Grantmaking Model for Social Causes.”
*Please note, within Social Causes, we are currently only able to consider new grant requests within the Chicago metropolitan area. This does not apply to grant renewal requests.
Types of Support
- General Operating
This is the most flexible type of grant. Funds may be applied in any manner in which the organization sees fit, subject to its mission.
- Program/Project Grants
These grants are targeted to a specific program or goal. Applicants must submit a program budget and narrative to support their applications.
Education grants support programs which disseminate information crucial to the organization’s mission. They may include, but are not necessarily limited to: lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guided tours, exhibitions, and distribution of printed or online materials.
The Foundation will NOT provide grants for:
- Religious institutions or other nonprofit organizations affiliated with a religion.
- Debt reduction
- Fundraising events
- Events that will have taken place before the determination of an award. The foundation does not fund in arrears. If applying for the Spring cycle, the date of events must begin after May 15th. For the Fall cycle, events must begin after December 1st.
Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service and be designated as a public charity. If you are an international Conservation organization, you are also eligible to apply.