Grant Guidelines

Summary of Recent Grants


Axe-Houghton Foundation

History

The Axe-Houghton Foundation was funded in 1965 by the bequests of Emerson and Ruth Axe. The Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Its principal mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of the English language, with major emphasis on the spoken language. Priority is given to projects for the improvement of speech and its uses in the areas of theatre, education, poetry, debate, and the oral interpretation of literature.

Grant Guidelines

The Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited proposals. Applications are accepted only from organizations who have been invited to apply. Please see Application Procedures below for further information.

Limitations

To be eligible to receive a grant from the Foundation, the proposed grantee must be either

  1. an organization which has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and "not a private foundation" within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code,
  2. a "governmental unit" as referred to in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
  3. an agency or instrumentality of a governmental unit, including, without limitation, a state college or university within the meaning of Section 511 (a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants are not made to individuals or private foundations. Grants also are not made to organizations whose work is produced outside of the United States.

Grants are rarely made to organizations outside of the New York City metropolitan area.

Priority is given to projects for the improvement of speech and its uses in the areas of theatre, education, poetry, debate, and the oral interpretation of literature/spoken word. All projects must include a significant phase which is subject to observation by an audience.

Grant requests must be for a specific project or program. Grants are not given for, and therefore requests will not be considered for, general or capital support, scholarships or fellowships. Funds are limited; hence awards rarely exceed $5,000.

Application Procedure

Applicants will be invited to submit proposals, usually via email, in March of our grant cycle. Instructions for submission of proposals will be provided in the notice of invitation.

Proposals from invited applicants may be submitted at any time between June 1 and approximately September 1 of our grant cycle. For the next grant cycle, the deadline for submissions is September 3, 2013 at 6pm.

For the current grant cycle, applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by December 31, 2013, and grants will be paid to those receiving grants at the end of February 2014.

PLEASE NOTE that it is not possible to arrange personal interviews or to handle Foundation matters with Officers or Directors of the Foundation by telephone.

Contact Information:

All Grant-related correspondence, auditorsí letters, and return of funds, if necessary, should be sent to:

John Johnson
Client Services
Axe-Houghton Foundation
c/o Foundation Source
55 Walls Drive, 3rd Floor
Fairfield, CT 06824

Email: jjohnson@foundationsource.com
Phone: (800) 839-1754
Fax: (800) 421-6579

Information and invitations for all events relating to the project for the purpose of evaluating your work should be sent to:

Jeffrey Steinman
President
Axe-Houghton Foundation
c/o Foundation Source
55 Walls Drive, 3rd Floor
Fairfield, CT 06824

Email: info@axe-houghtonfoundation.org

Please do not send newsletters or advertisements to the email addresses.