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 primarily concentrated in Indianapolis and New England, and priority interests vary among them. (In addition, although no new grants will be awarded in Seattle, several grants in the region will continue through 2021.) 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 the United States’ 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 youth development 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 through efforts that emphasize classroom instruction, such as professional development for educators or programs that are fully integrated into the school day. (We consider community-based programs, such as after-school or summer enrichment, as youth development within our workforce development interests.)

We support Arts Education programs that foster critical thinking skills and creativity.