Lumina Foundation’s grantmaking is primarily proactive in nature.
In other words, a large majority of our grants are awarded to partners solicited by the Foundation based on unique capacity or position to leverage large-scale systemic change. We have allocated a modest amount of grant monies for unsolicited inquiries to encourage innovative ideas that relate to our strategic portfolio. We also offer investment capital for strategic social initiatives through Lumina Impact Ventures.
Open Request for Proposals
- 2019 Innovation Prize (ended on Apr 16, 2019.)
- 2018 Education Innovation Challenge Prize Announcement
- Awards prior to 2017 were granted through the Lumina Innovation Pavillion at Innocentive.com.
Prospective new grantees should:
- Learn about Preparing and Submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI)
- Read our Grantmaking Guidelines
- Check the Lumina Grantee FAQ
Current grantees should review Lumina’s grant management process.
Download Grantee Reporting Forms.
Lumina Foundation makes grants within the United States and its territories, occasionally initiating a grant to an entity outside the United States in order to inform its work to expand access and success in postsecondary education in the United States.
The Foundation only funds organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code or to public organizations that are designated under section 170(c) of the Code, not individuals. Lumina Foundation does not make grants to (a.) supporting organizations controlled by disqualified persons to Lumina or (b.) Type III supporting organizations that are not functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (as such terms are defined in the Internal Revenue Code).
Limited resources are available for unsolicited inquiries, due to the proactive nature of our grantmaking. We will consider unsolicited inquiries submitted through this form. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we can only respond to the inquiries we may be interested in pursuing. For detailed instructions, please see Preparing and Submitting a Letter of Inquiry.
About Lumina Grantmaking
Lumina Foundation believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality, and social stability. With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well-served by higher education. Lumina’s overarching goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60 percent by 2025. This will represent an increase of 23 million graduates above current levels of production. While our mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, our emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing post-secondary certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials.
Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve the goal of 60 percent of Americans with a college degree, workforce certificate, or other high-quality credential beyond high school by 2025.
Our current funding is directed to advance the strategies outlined in Lumina's 2017-20 Priorities for Action.