Limited Submission Opportunity: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant Programs for Organizations

Applications due June 13

Vanderbilt University may submit two proposals per year to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant Programs for Organizations. The proposals must be from separate departments and each proposal must be submitted to a different grant program.

The foundation currently offers 3 organizational grant programs: Humanities, Research Libraries and the Venetian Program (*note Vanderbilt is ineligible to apply to the Performing Arts Program).


Awards typically range between $5,000 and $25,000 and are for single-year projects. Awards do not support indirect costs.

For examples of projects that the sponsor has supported in the past, see the Humanities, Research Libraries and Venetian Program grantees page.

  • Humanities Program
    • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.
    • Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined.
  • Research Libraries Program
    • The Research Libraries Program concentrates primarily in those areas of its founders’ interests and aims to be fully complementary to the Foundation’s other program areas (i.e., humanities scholarship, performing arts, and Venetian history and culture).
    • The overall objective of the Research Libraries Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public. Wherever possible, grants to libraries seek to promote cooperative cataloging projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript, and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition; scholarly library publications; bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and collection-level preservation/conservation work and research.
    • Small-scale digitizing is eligible for support when the process is part of a clearly defined and timely scholarly project that incorporates recognized standards for metadata production, for preservation, and for distribution. The Foundation does not support massive digitizing projects of a general nature.
    • The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined. Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources are also eligible. A limited number of modest grants will also be available for projects related to the history of the book, book culture, printing history, and related programs. Conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered.
  • Venetian Program
    • This program supports institutions engaged in the research and dissemination of scholarship on the history of Venice and the former Venetian empire as well as contemporary Venetian society and culture.

Internal Application Instructions

Interested faculty should visit to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is June 13, 2024.

Any questions about these opportunities may be directed to