Frequently Asked Questions


I have an idea that may fit the Templeton World Charity Foundation funding criteria. What should I do?

With the exception of open calls for proposals associated with our strategic initiatives, we do not currently accept unsolicited proposals, and if you contact us, we may not be able to respond to your query.


Is funding restricted to a particular academic discipline or geographical region?

No, we support activities across academic disciplines and geographical regions.


What kind of organizations are eligible to receive funding?

We support innovative organizations at the forefront of knowledge. Past grant recipients include large universities, small colleges, nonprofit organizations, charitable societies, and private companies. We welcome engagement from all sectors and institutions who share our goals.


I currently run a project that is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Can I apply for a new grant from the Foundation to continue this project when my current grant expires?

We are not permitted to make follow-on grants to existing projects within at least 50% co-funding from outside sources. If you intend to continue your project and have a robust plan for additional resources, you may submit a request to the Foundation at least six months prior to the expiration of the current grant.


Does the Foundation fund projects do not fall within one of the strategic initiatives?

We will consider projects that fall outside of our strategic initiatives. However, funding for these types of projects is limited, and these projects are generally sourced proactively by the Foundation’s program officers and advisors.


Where can I find more information about the Foundation’s current funding opportunities?

You can browse through the “Priorities” section on our website, where you can find the sites for our specific initiatives. Some initiatives have mailing lists to which you can subscribe for more information.


What is the Foundation’s purpose?

We support the world’s best minds and promotes open-minded inquiries in a wide range of fields. We work with top academic institutions and leading experts from around the world to enable forward-looking projects of the highest caliber. By communicating the results of these projects to diverse global audiences, we seek to enrich individual lives and redefine the frontier of human knowledge and progress.