Current Grants


Abrons Art Center*
Continued support for contemporary cross disciplinary performances across genres and provide programming support to early and mid-career artists through performance presentations, exhibitions and residency programs. Through COVID-19, funds aid the Abrons’ Food Access Initiative which delivers fresh groceries, prepared meals and key supplies to over 900 food insecure households across Lower Manhattan weekly

Heart of Dinner*
Support for this culinary inspired organization that evolved to combat food insecurity and isolation among elders by delivering culturally appropriate meals, fresh produce and groceries paired with handwritten letters and heartwarming illustrations, meanwhile supporting small businesses as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19

Laundromat Project
Support for this Bedford Stuyvesant arts organization’s build-out of its first space to simultaneously house staff and the community programs they organize

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Funds for a partnership with The Clemente, a cultural center on the Lower Eastside, to produce performance events and dance commissions as part of the 2021 and 2022 River to River Festival

Moms 4 Housing*
General Operating Support for a collective of homeless and marginally housed mothers working to reclaim housing for the Oakland community from big banks and real estate speculators fighting under the banner that housing is a human right

Nuwu Art, Cultural Arts and Activism Complex*
Support for the POC-owned and operated space in Las Vegas that works to uplift and advocate the equity of the Indigenous community by strengthening cultural knowledge and identity through the arts, activism and education. Nuwu renovated an old synagogue and rents the space as studios and a gallery for Indigenous artists

Protect the Sacred*
Funds will assist this grassroots initiative to educate and empower Navajo youth and young people through Indian Country to rise up as the next generation of leaders that will protect the elders, preserve the languages, medicine ways, and fortify cultural practices and traditions

Public Assistants*
Support for the Crown Heights mutual aid hub provides a sanctuary for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists to create freely without expectation, while also serving as a Resistance Community Space: housing a communal farm, garden, bike repair services, a mural project for youth, toy and coat drives, meal giveaways and an apothecary clinic among a host of others.

Summaeverythang Community Center*
Provide general operating support for the community center in South Central Los Angeles that delivers local, organic food to the Watts, South Central and Compton neighborhoods

Wide Rainbow*
Funds for this after-school program to continue making the arts and arts education accessible to underserved communities by connecting contemporary artists with students from low-income neighborhoods and hosting art workshops, tours of leading museums and studio visits  

Operating Support for the volunteer-run experimental hub in Ridgewood, Queens to expand its workshops, lectures, discussions and meeting space into a new and bigger setting



Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
Ongoing support of an organization providing swift, on-the-ground legal aid and educational services to the people of Puerto Rico, specifically in efforts to prevent foreclosures and evictions.

Bidoun Projects
Support publishing operations for two years, allowing Bidoun to continue to fill the gaping hole in the arts and culture coverage of the Middle East by supporting 15-20 Middle Eastern artists, writers, and critics per year, which will yield dozens of essays and articles, translations from Arabic and Farsi, as well as artist projects.

Blank Forms
Provide funds for two years to bolster the publishing work of Blank Forms, which supports experimental music across generations and geographies, and is dedicated to supporting emerging and underrepresented artists through curatorial assistance, residencies, commissions and publications well as identifying and placing at-risk underrepresented artists’ archives.

Light Industry
Provide general funds for two years to support Light Industry’s focus on experimental and under-recognized filmmakers and the expansion of its publishing initiative focusing on writings and criticisms of pioneering figures in the field.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
Provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies. Administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Studio Museum in Harlem
Endowment of a named curatorial fellowship, part of a program at the Museum that serves as an incubator for new talent thereby developing the next generation of museum professionals. The Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellowship will be awarded by the Museum on an annual basis to one awardee, for a period of one year, beginning in 2021.

Teaching and Learning through Photography: Tanzania
Support for the creation of affordable visual aids, aligned with the national curriculum, to enhance teaching and learning in secondary schools in Tanzania.

Ugly Duckling Presse
Provide two years of organizational support to Ugly Duckling Presse, a publisher that favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and publishes poetry, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists including translations from under-recognized Eastern European and Latin American authors.

Vida Legal Assistance
Multi-year support of their work providing legal resources and representation to the most vulnerable populations in south Florida – immigrant victims of human trafficking and survivors of domestic abuse.



Aubin Pictures
Support toward the feature-length documentary “Aggie,” which will explore the nexus of culture and justice through Agnes Gund’s life story.

Multi-year funding for this artist-run center to develop three of its key programs - La Práctica, The Harbor, and La Ivan Illich - as well as plan for a transition in leadership.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Multi-year general operating support including to fortify its Fair Food Program and expand the worker-driven social responsibility paradigm it has developed to provide a Bill of Rights for farm workers.

LaGuardia Community College
Multi-year funding to establish an experiential learning program focused on ecology, activism and wealth inequality.

Movement Research
Funds towards building out 9th Street Large Dance Studio in 122CC Building, to be named “The Bob” in Rauschenberg's honor, its first permanent studio space in 40 years.

Museum of Modern Art
Early support to ignite a campaign to acquire Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Selections from the Archive, 1961 – 2005 into the Museum of Modern Art’s media and performance collection.

Performa 2019
Funds enabling Yvonne Rainer to research, reconstruct and present Parts of Some Sextets, which she created in 1965 for ten performers including Robert Rauschenberg. Revival performed as part of Performa’s 2019 Biennial, fall 2019.



Harvard Graduate School of Design***
Funding of studio-based research to examine the impacts and potential response to chronic risk on the barrier island of Captiva, in order to evaluate the potential design strategies that can augment adaptation in coastal communities.

James Beard Foundation
Support of the James Beard Foundation’s Southwest Florida Local Advocacy Training, where 15 chefs from across Florida came together to talk about the challenges around achieving a more equitable and just system for those who harvest and process our food.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Support for educational programs related to the Rauschenberg: The ¼ Mile exhibition.

Madison Square Park Conservatory
Support of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale featuring an exhibition of new work by Martin Puryear.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Support of educational programs related to the Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules exhibition.



Alliance of Artists Communities
Funds for planning and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops as well as sharing results across the field of artists communities and residencies.

Teaching and Learning through Photography: Tanzania
Support for the creation of affordable visual aids, aligned with the national curriculum, to enhance teaching and learning in secondary schools in Tanzania.

The Underground Museum
Support for the creation of new artwork, exhibitions, programming, and general operations over three years.


* Funded by the recommendation of the Artist Council, an ongoing group of working artists that assists in shaping the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's philanthropy and oversees a portion of the Foundation’s grant giving. Artists Council stipends and expenses are funded through a grant from the Annenberg Foundation.

*** Funded by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.


Community event at Beta-Local. Photo: Beta-Local