Blackberry Picker, 1943 tempera on panel

Grant Guidelines and Funding Priorities

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art provides financial support to encourage the study, appreciation, and recognition of excellence in all aspects of historic American art. The Foundation does not support grant applications exclusively focused on art of the last three decades.

A fundamental goal of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art is to fund programs and proposals that serve as catalysts to achieve greater recognition and understanding of excellence in American art. To that end, the Foundation provides ongoing, pre-doctoral grants to support programs of research and scholarship in American art at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Research & Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Foundation also provides ongoing funding for the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant program, administered by the College Art Association.

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art also reviews funding proposals from non-profit institutions to support research, conservation, and exhibition programming in American art. Grants from the Foundation typically support innovative exhibitions that explore new research about American art; innovative and important museum catalogues and books; and conservation and restoration of American masterpieces. Typically, the grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per project and may extend over two or three years. 

Grant Request Guidelines

Please include the following information with any grant request:

Project name and dollar amount of grant requested, including: 

  • A 5-8 page description of the Project, its history, rationale, ambitions, and significance (please include a checklist, if applicable, and reproductions or thumbnails of the works under discussion);
  • Whether the Project is new or ongoing;
  • Timetable for the completion of the Project (should be no earlier than a year from submission of the proposal);
  • Person or persons directing the Project and the experience they bring to it;
  • Allied programming;
  • Targeted audiences;
  • Detailed budget for the Project;
  • Other sources of funding for the Project (committed and applied for); and
  • Organization Information: Name and address of organization, contact person, title, phone number, e-mail address, mission of the organization, demographic information, and budget for current and next financial year.


  • Brief curriculum vitae of the directors of the Project; 
  • Checklist and reproductions, if appropriate; and
  • Copy of the organization’s IRS letter of determination for 501(c)(3) tax exemption, most recent annual report, most recent audited financial statement, and copy of most recent IRS Form 990.

Only one copy of the organization's financial information (i.e., the IRS letter of determination, most recent annual report, most recent audited financial statement, and most recent IRS Form 990) should be included with a grant request.

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art requests that all submitted documentation related to grant requests, including any attachments, be printed on double-sided 8½" by 11" 3-hole punched paper. Additionally, please refrain from stapling or professionally binding any documentation related to grant requests, including any attachments. 

In addition to submitting hard copies of grant requests, a full-color PDF version should also be prepared and contemporaneously submitted to the Wyeth Foundation for American Art via email to Please note that, if the size of the PDF file exceeds 25 MB, a reputable file transfer service (such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc.) should be used to send a link to the PDF file. 

Please mail all hard copies of grant requests (and direct all questions) to:

William J. Martin, Esq., Secretary
Wyeth Foundation for American Art
1020 N. Bancroft Parkway, Suite 100
Wilmington, DE  19805

(302) 888-2502

Grant requests should be received by the Secretary no later than December 15th or June 15th in order to be considered at the Wyeth Foundation for American Art's next scheduled Board meeting. We request that 15 complete copies of the grant request be submitted.  

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art may impose restrictions on the payment of grant funds (e.g., the recipient organization must agree to (i) use the funds for the purpose requested, and (ii) file a final written report on the use of the funds). These grant guidelines are subject to change at any time.