Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  is a not-for-profit corporation which was formed in 1969, through the consolidation of two existing foundations—Avalon Foundation and Old Dominion Foundation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in four core program areas:

Higher Education and Scholarship
Scholarly Communications and Information Technology
Art History, Conservation, and Museums
Performing Arts

Within each of its core programs, the Foundation concentrates most of its grant-making in a few areas. Institutions and programs receiving support are often leaders in fields of Foundation activity, but they may also be promising newcomers, or in a position to demonstrate new ways of overcoming obstacles to achieve program goals.

The Mellon Foundation’s grant-making philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.