grantmaking (limited cohort)
The Clowes Fund will no longer consider Preliminary Proposals to launch new relationships in Seattle; the competitive pool for funding will be limited to a cohort of five current grantees:
Seattle Chamber Music Orchestra
Seattle Jazz Orchestra (SRJO)
Seattle Music Partners
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO)
The Fund will accept competitive multi-year proposals from these organizations when their current respective grants expire. Grants may be awarded from a target allocation of approximately $500,000 for distribution through 2021 for the proposals with the best strategy for leveraging a final Fund grant for the greatest good to sustain music education for socio-economically disadvantaged youth. Strategies might include matching or challenge grants to build a broader base of donors or an endowment to help replace Clowes funding. For more information about a Final Proposal, read the guidelines in entirety and submit a statement of intent.
The Fund decided in 2016 to devise a five-year exit plan for its Seattle grantmaking following the death in 2014 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 will work toward a gradual wind down of its Seattle grantmaking.