When a public charity receives a large grant from a single private source – such as an individual, business or private foundation (i.e., Windgate Foundation) – and not from public charities or government, a large grant could bring your public support calculation below the required minimum and “tip” the organization out of public charity status with the IRS. 



The foundation only awards grants to nonprofit public charities in the United States. The Board prefers projects of its own initiative rather than funding unsolicited grants, although inquiries are accepted. Matching or challenge fund requests are considered favorably. Do not submit more than one inquiry or application within a 12-month period without prior approval.

  Requests should not be made for:​

  • Debt retirement or completed projects
  • Mental, physical, or situational therapy or rehabilitation programs
  • Endowments, large capital projects/campaigns without invitation
  • Exhibitions or public art installations​
  • ​Performing arts such as theater, dance, music, or spoken word
  • Conferences, festivals, or seminars


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  • ​​Fellowships, residencies, or career development programs for craft artists
  • Contemporary craft programming, educational outreach, and scholarships
  • Materials, tools or equipment for craft programs
  • Museum acquisitions of contemporary craft by living artists​

Supporting contemporary craft & visual arts in the United States, Windgate Foundation's funding priorities are to:

  • Artist residencies, visiting artists, or fellowships
  • Visual arts programming and scholarships
  • Materials, tools, or equipment

support children and youth in Arkansas 


​"Tipping" Rule for Nonprofits

expand visual arts in K-12 schools

Other programs as the Board may direct, in their discretion, which serve the charitable purposes of the Foundation

  • Visual art-integrated programs through nonprofit organizations which develop creative, innovative ways of learning
  • Visual art-integrated training or professional development programs for teachers and school leaders
  • Programs addressing equity in health, nutrition, shelter and education

​The Foundation does not accept unsolicited inquiries or grant requests for this funding priority.