The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation awards program-specific grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations serving the five boroughs of New York City. While the Foundation recognizes the importance of lifelong learning in the arts for all ages, priority is given to programs serving young people under age 18 and/or in grades PreK-12. Please note that the Foundation does not fund individuals, nor does it fund an organization’s operating expenses.

Arts and Arts Education Program Grants

Please be advised that the Foundation’s grant application process for this program has changed.

Arts and Arts Education Program Grants are awarded in two cycles each year: spring and fall. Each cycle begins with an 8- to 10-week open window for Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submissions. LOIs are reviewed on a rolling basis during these times. Selected organizations will then be invited to submit a full proposal to be considered by the Foundation’s Board.

While specific deadline dates are subject to change, the timeframe for spring and fall LOI submission is December through mid-February and June through mid-August, respectively.

The Foundation is now accepting LOIs for the Spring 2018 grant cycle.

The LOI submission deadline for the Spring 2018 cycle is February 16, 2018. We encourage applicants to submit in advance of this date, when possible.

Applications must be submitted through the Foundation’s online grants management system. Please click here to log into the system. To view instructions on how to create an account and access the LOI, please click here.

Arts Education Impact Grants

Grants in this program are by invitation only. Each year, the Foundation identifies potential grant recipients through an internal research process centered on a chosen art discipline. Selected organizations are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed in a competitive process by a panel of arts education professionals to determine grant award(s). The Foundation does not accept or respond to unsolicited inquiries or applications for this program.

Arts Education Schools Choose Grants

Grants in this program are by invitation only. A cohort of grantee schools is selected every five years through an internal research process. The Foundation does not accept or respond to unsolicited inquiries or applications for this program.



Pierre and Tana Matisse in their New York City home.
Photograph by Hans Namuth for Connaissance des Arts, February 1987.



Tana Matisse enjoying the company of Joan Miró at the artist’s home in Mallorca, circa 1980



Pierre and Tana Matisse with Marc Chagall at a reception at The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977



Pierre and Tana Matisse visiting Balthus and Setsuko Ideta in Rossinière, Switzerland, circa 1988



Tana Matisse and Zao Wou-Ki in his studio, ca. 1992



The entrance of the Pierre Matisse Gallery in the Fuller building in NYC where Pierre Matisse maintained his gallery for over 50 years