grantmaking (limited cohort)
The Clowes Fund will no longer consider proposals for funding in Seattle. The Fund has active grants that will culminate no later than 2021 with the following organizations:
Seattle Chamber Music Orchestra
Seattle Jazz Orchestra
Seattle Music Partners
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Fund decided in 2016 to devise a five-year exit plan for its Seattle grantmaking following the death in 2015 of long-time president Alec Clowes, who was the foundation's sole Seattle resident. The board gave careful consideration to the good work accomplished by Fund grants to date in Seattle, and the desire to avoid future harm to Seattle-based grant partners, and settled upon an understanding that the Fund would work toward a gradual wind down of its Seattle grantmaking.
The final round of competitive grants were awarded in 2019 for the proposals with the best strategy for leveraging a final Fund grant for the greatest good to sustain music education for socioeconomically disadvantaged youth. Strategies included matching or challenge grants to build a broader base of donors or an endowment to help replace Clowes funding. The series of exit grants slightly exceeded the $500,000 that the Fund had originally allocated, and the Fund is grateful to its Seattle cohort.