Grants for physical and earth sciences research centers

91 physical and earth sciences research centers received at least $208,994 in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 100 grants made from 90 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 90 foundations, 91% made just a single grant to earth science orgs, and 0% made grants to four or more earth science orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$208,994
Total grant dollars given to physical and earth sciences research centers
100
Number of grants made annually to physical and earth sciences research centers
90
Number of grantmakers funding physical and earth sciences research centers
$1,500
Median grant size to physical and earth sciences research centers

Foundations that support physical and earth sciences research centers

Out of all grants made to physical and earth sciences research centers, 65% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 27% of the dollar-value of grants to earth science orgs. Foundations funding earth science orgs also made grants to universities, food banks, land conservation groups, religious organizations, and animal shelters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
59
Medium
 
9
Large
 
22
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
5
Private
 
63
Corporate
 
10
Other
 
12

Grants made

Grants made to earth science orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
82
2-3
 
8
4-10
 
0
11+
 
0

Top 10 foundations supporting physical and earth sciences research centers

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to earth science orgsNumber of grants made to earth science orgsMedian grant size
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%3$250
BaxterILNational0.0%3$50
The Rose Hills FoundationCAMetro0.0%2$5,000
John D & Catherine T Macarthur FoundationILNational0.0%2$3,640
Hampton Roads Community FoundationVAMetro0.0%2$3,000
Mentor Graphics FoundationORNational1.1%2$2,550
Jeffrey P McKee FoundationDENational8.6%2$1,000
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%2$50
Lindback CR and MF Foundation TW MainNVMetro0.4%1$5,000
Weissman Family FoundationNYState0.3%1$5,000

Physical and earth sciences research centers grantees

Physical and earth sciences research centers with more than $5 million in total revenues received 30% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 25% of all earth science orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
100
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
0

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$2,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,250
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
14
Oregon
 
12
Massachusetts
 
10
District of Columbia
 
10
Other
 
54

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Los Angeles
 
13
Portland, OR
 
12
Washington DC
 
10
New York City
 
8
Other
 
45

Top 25 grants made to physical and earth sciences research centers

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
University City Science Center$5,000General OperatingLindback CR and MF Foundation TW Main
The Planetary Society$5,000UnrestrictedWeissman Family Foundation
Friends of Saturday Academy$5,000Program ActivitiesMackworth-Mendoza Foundation
Carnegie Science (CIS)$5,000Operating SupportThe Rose Hills Foundation
Carnegie Science (CIS)$5,000Operating SupportThe Rose Hills Foundation
The Planetary Society$5,000General Fund455 Foundation
Friends of Saturday Academy$5,000Engages Young People in Hands-On, In-Depth Learning and Problem Solving By Connecting Them With Community Experts As Instructors and Mentors.Morse Frank and Linda Family Foundation
Friends of Saturday Academy$5,000Charitable Purpose of theWheeler Foundation
Fully Informed Jury Association$5,000Education ProgrammingThe Sheppard Foundation
Friends of Saturday Academy$5,000To Support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Through Interaction With Community Experts in Professional Environments.Mentor Graphics Foundation
All Star Code$5,000General Operating PurposeThe Dimenna Foundation
Carnegie Science (CIS)$5,000Grant Distribution for the Carnegie Institute for ScienceCommunity Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Carnegie Science (CIS)$5,000GeneralCrystal Family Foundation
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Raam Raj Foundation$5,000Support Development and Dissemination of Courses in Maharishi Vedic ScienceEric Schwartz Family Foundation
Woods Hole Research Center$5,000General Operating SupportJ M Kaplan Fund
Carnegie Science (CIS)$5,000National Academy of Sciences Deep Carbon ConferenceGemological Institute of America Incorporated
100 Black Men of Atlanta$5,000Support, UnspecifiedHampton Roads Community Foundation
Sierra Nevada Journeys$5,000Watershed EducationTrout Unlimited - 607 Sagebrush
Woods Hole Research Center$5,000General Operating SupportArkansas Community Foundation
Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC)$5,000Program SupportSt Elizabeth Healthcare
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists$5,000General CharitableSieg Dunlap Foundation
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists$5,000UnrestrictedFrankel Family Foundation
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists$4,080In Support of General Operations.John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation
The National Space Club and Foundation$4,000Unrestricted DonationStellar Solutions Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Physical and earth sciences research centers" category for this page is determined by the "U30: Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences Research, Services" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.