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Limited Submission Opportunity: Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund Grants Program

Applications due Jan. 23

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

Vanderbilt University may submit only one letter of inquiry to the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund. The Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund is a private foundation committed to providing support for charitable organizations that enhance our society.

Note: This program only accepts proposals for projects that are implemented nationally/across multiple states. For more information, visit the program interests and priorities page.

The Goldman Fund supports organizations that are making valuable contributions to the following fields:

  • Democracy and civil liberties
  • Education and literacy
  • Environment
  • Jewish community
  • Reproductive health and rights

The Goldman Fund will not consider applications for:

  • Deficit budgets
  • Grants to individuals
  • General support
  • Research
  • Events or conferences
  • Books or periodicals
  • Production of documentaries and films
  • Organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Award information

Please consider your organization’s budget, the project’s budget and other funding resources when requesting a grant. All requests must specify the amount of funding requested from the Goldman Fund. The Goldman Fund rarely provides support for 100 percent of a project’s budget.

In 2021, the foundation’s median award amount to institutions of higher education was $15,000.

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 Jan. 23, 2024.

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