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During the final quarter of 2020, the Board of Trustees of the John Templeton Foundation approved 31 funding requests with an approximate total value of over $49 million, the Foundation has announced.

“The proposals we have approved show exceptional promise to benefit humanity by contributing to human flourishing,” said Heather Templeton Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation. “Like all the work we support, these projects aim to contribute new perspectives and ideas to subjects of profound importance. Such topics have included research on forgiveness, intellectual humility, and the origins of life, as well as projects that advance our strategic priorities over the next four years. We look forward to seeing how these grants will contribute to their fields and the wider world.”

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

The next application deadline is August 20, 2021. For answers to other questions, please consult the Grant FAQ page for more information.


Founded in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation supports research and dialogue on the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. The Foundation funds work on subjects ranging from black holes and evolution to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. It also encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, theologians, and the public at large.

With over $3.5 billion in assets and annual grants of $115 million in 2018, the Foundation ranks among the 25 largest grantmaking foundations in the United States. Headquartered outside Philadelphia, its philanthropic activities have engaged all major faith traditions and extended to more than 190 countries around the world.