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Please note: The information in this article reflects our strategic priorities at the time of writing and may change over time. To confirm our current funding interests, please view our Funding Areas.


In June 2019, the Board of Trustees of the John Templeton Foundation approved 57 funding requests with an approximate total value of $85 million, marking its most recent wave of philanthropic activity.

“We’re delighted to move forward with approving these requests, which represent a range of our philanthropic interests as well as our strategic priorities over the next five years,” said Heather Templeton Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation.

“We look forward to seeing these projects develop, and hope that they will continue to add to the remarkable results achieved by recent grantees. From studying the nature of ‘unbelief’ to exploring the health impact of environmental factors on human epigenetics and revealing the first-ever image of a black hole, our grantees are pushing the boundaries of knowledge across a variety of fields. And their efforts are having real human impact, helping children to develop character virtues, bringing science education to seminaries, madrasas, and synagogues, and expanding platforms for freedom and human rights around the globe.”

Those interested in applying for funding from the John Templeton Foundation can learn more about its grantmaking process on the website. The Foundation only funds projects aligned with its major funding areas. Anyone can request funding from the Foundation.

The next application deadline is August 16, 2019. For answers to other questions, please consult the Grant FAQ page for more information.