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Limited Submission Opportunity: The Nora Roberts Foundation Grants Program–December 2023

Applications due Oct. 19

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should contact for more information.

Vanderbilt University may submit one proposal to The Nora Roberts Foundation Grants Program.


The Nora Roberts Foundation believes literacy is a human right, and it has made supporting literacy organizations its highest priority. In order to create a beautiful, equitable and safe world, The Nora Roberts Foundation also supports organizations focused on the arts, children, social justice and the environment.

Grant proposals must have a primary focus in one or more of the following areas:

  • Literacy
  • Children
  • Arts
  • Humanitarian

Award information

The average grant from the foundation is $5,000. For first-time grantseekers, the foundation recommends asking for $2,500–$7,500. Budgets are required for requests of $10,000 or more.

While not necessary, the foundation generally shows preference to groups local to the Maryland/D.C./West Virginia area. The foundation has previously funded universities as well as projects based in Tennessee.

See the program guidelines for more information.

Internal application process

Interested faculty should visit to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Oct. 19, 2023.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to