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Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Grant

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for ocean conservation programs. Funding is also available to USA nonprofits in eligible states for performing arts programs and to USA organizations to promote social causes. A letter of intent is required prior to applying. Priorities and geographic focuses for each of the three program areas are outlined below.

Conservation - The Foundation’s Conservation grant making focuses primarily upon issues of ocean conservation. Priorities within Conservation are:

  • Supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas
  • Encouraging sustainable fisheries management
  • Eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
  • Conserving the world’s shark and ray species
  • Limiting plastics pollution and other ocean debris
  • Preserving coral species and ecosystems
  • Grant requests for other types of ocean-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis

Performing Arts:

  • The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation, perpetuation, and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include professional performers, presenters, (including broadcasters) and educators. The Foundation is currently considering grants to the Chicago area, Cleveland, Detroit, and the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Philadelphia, PA). 

Social Impact:

  • The goal of the Foundation’s grantmaking in Social Impact is to promote equitable, safe, and thriving communities, particularly for low-income African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA). Achieving this goal requires long-term, comprehensive approaches led by those closest to the challenges and the possibilities.
  • The Foundation is committed to understanding and addressing the root causes of persistent inequities for ALAANA families and communities, including the profoundly harmful impacts of structural racism and white supremacy. The Foundation funds efforts that promote access to meaningful life opportunities, such as quality education, networks of support and healing, and financial assets and employment. The Foundation also supports antiracist education, organizing, and advocacy efforts that have strong potential to advance meaningful systemic change.
  • Public and private disinvestment has created unjust inequities in almost every realm of social, economic, and civic life of many ALAANA communities. At the same time, every neighborhood is home to creative and resilient individuals, families, businesses, and institutions. The Foundation’s grantmaking in Social Impact seeks to recognize both of these realities while it learns from and supports thoughtful and strategic changemakers. Priority areas are Education, Economic Empowerment, and Justice.

Types of Support:

  • General Operating - This is the most flexible type of grant. Funds may be applied in any manner in which the organization sees fit, subject to its mission.
  • Program/Project Grants - These grants are targeted to a specific program or goal. Applicants must submit a program budget and narrative to support their applications.
  • Education - Education grants support programs which disseminate information crucial to the organization’s mission. They may include, but are not necessarily limited to: lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guided tours, exhibitions, and distribution of printed or online materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178256

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider multi-year grants on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service and be designated as a public charity. If you are an international Conservation organization, you are also eligible to apply.

The Foundation will not provide grants for:
- Religious institutions or other nonprofit organizations affiliated with a religion.
- Debt reduction
- Fundraising events
- Events that will have taken place before the determination of an award. The foundation does not fund in arrears. If applying for the Spring cycle, the date of events must begin after May 15th. For the Fall cycle, events must begin after December 1st.

For Performing Arts, please note that the Foundation currently does not fund dance or film. The Foundation also does not fund individual commissions.

Pre-Application Information:

Fall 2022
- The Foundation will begin accepting LOIs (Letters of Inquiry) for the Fall 2022 cycle on Monday, May 2, 2022
- LOIs are due Monday, June 6, 2022
- Full applications (if LOI is approved) are due Friday, August 5, 2022
- Awards will be announced by the early-November, 2022

Please note, all LOIs are due on the deadline date on or before 11:59 PM, Central Time, unless otherwise noted.

Please note when the cycle opens. The quiz and forms will not be available to complete prior to the cycle opening.
- Complete the eligibility quiz. If eligible to apply to one of the three focus areas, you will be provided access to the appropriate form.
- If your LOI is approved, you will be notified via email and will be able to access a full application through the account you created.
- Submit the completed application and all required attachments by the deadline through the Foundation’s online system.

How to apply:

For a full applicant tutorial which covers registration, the applicant dashboard, and how to apply, please click here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

The Foundation’s Chicago office phone number is (773) 628-6980.

If you have a question related to Performing Arts, please contact Audra Yokley at

For Conservation, Social Impact, and technical questions regarding your online account, please contact Wendy Vendel at

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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