Welcome to The Clowes Fund

Our Values AND Mission

The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, 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:  arts, education and social services. We also recognize the special value of efforts that create links among these areas.

The Fund has a special interest in supporting projects that strengthen the communities in which Clowes family members and the foundation’s directors live and work.

Our Priorities

The Fund supports organizations and programs that focus primarily on socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals through the arts, education and certain social services. Funding is concentrated in three geographic regions including Indianapolis, New England and Seattle. Priorities vary among them. Please visit each region’s page for details.



Immigrants, Refugees and Asylees - We are interested in supporting efforts to address economic, linguistic, legal and psychological hurdles that foreign-born individuals and their children face during integration into American society and its economy.

Workforce Development - We are interested in ensuring that all individuals have access to both jobs skills training and the support services necessary to enable them to participate fully in the economic life of their communities. In addition, we are interested in supporting efforts that prevent students (ages 15 to 25) from dropping out of school and assist in the re-entry of dropouts or their pursuit of an alternate course to economic self-sufficiency.


We support primary and secondary education, including initiatives that emphasize classroom instruction. We support arts education programs that foster critical thinking skills and creativity.