Inquiries and Guidelines

Public Knowledge

Staff

Patricia Hswe
Program Officer
ph@mellon.org

Michael Gossett
Senior Program Associate
mg@mellon.org

Chandra Marshall
Program Associate
crm@mellon.org

Molly McGrane-Cleary
Program Associate
mvm@mellon.org

Celia Bradley
Program Assistant
crb@mellon.org

Renee Valenti
Administrative Assistant
rdv@mellon.org

Inquiries

The Foundation makes grants to institutions and organizations, not to individuals. The Public Knowledge program welcomes inquiries about eligibility.  Inquiries should be submitted through the Foundation's grantee portal.  Program officers review all grant ideas to make informed judgments about the merits of a project and its alignment with the program’s funding priorities. They also consider the organization's capacity to carry out the project activities effectively. Please note that, in response to your inquiry, program staff may ask for further information including: project rationale; a summary of key goals, activities, and expected outcomes; and anticipated duration and cost.  If invited, the applicant would work iteratively with program staff on the development of their proposal, submitting drafts and revisions over several weeks.  Once staff accept a final proposal, they would then recommend it to the Foundation's Board of Trustees for funding.

Please note that the Public Knowledge program does not fund indirect costs or overhead, fundraising events, building projects or capital costs, endowment management fees, student tuition, or K–12 initiatives.  Additionally, the Public Knowledge program does not fund library acquisitions, cataloging, or archival processing.

Grantmaking Policies and Guidelines

Please see the Foundation's grantmaking policies and guidelines for more information regarding the submission of proposals, annual reporting requirements, and grant modification procedures.

If the Public Knowledge program has invited a proposal, please see our proposal guidelines.  If you are a current grantee, please see our guidelines for reporting and/or grant modification.

Other Funding Opportunities

Those ineligible for direct Foundation funding may consider applying for regranting programs supported by Public Knowledge