Grant Guidelines

The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989 by the late American artist Keith Haring, supports US-based non-profit organizations that provide opportunities to underserved children as well as to organizations that engage in education, prevention and care related to AIDS and HIV.

Keith Haring generously contributed his talents and resources to numerous causes.  He conducted art workshops with children, created logos and posters for public service agencies, and produced murals, sculptures, and paintings to benefit health centers and underserved communities.   Haring established the Keith Haring Foundation to ensure that his philanthropic legacy would continue indefinitely.


The Keith Haring Foundation funds sustainable initiatives that meet its mandate, and that provide proof of need and exemplary performance.   The Foundation will not consider requests for funding that can otherwise be covered by federal, state, or city sources.

Areas of Focus


The Keith Haring Foundation will consider funding requests concentrating on New York City’s highest-risk youth and adolescents, with the aim of helping them to become self-sufficient adults. Programs that provide long-term support and mentoring to vulnerable youth are particularly invited to apply. Preference will be given to programs that are inadequately supported by public funds.


The Keith Haring Foundation will consider funding requests that assist New Yorkers infected with HIV or at high risk of becoming infected. Priority will be given to serving the populations most vulnerable to HIV-infection and its consequences. Preference will be given to programs inadequately supported by public funds.


The Keith Haring Foundation will consider funding requests from institutions that provide educational and cultural enrichment. Applicants should reflect upon the breadth of their programming and public outreach as it relates to Haring’s legacy of social activism and cultural contribution, and to the historical context of his creative and philanthropic vision. Priority will be given to programs that address a critical need not covered by other funding sources.


Eligible applicants must be certified 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations based in the United States, and serve missions related to our philanthropic areas of Youth, HIV/AIDs and Arts & Culture.  Please keep in mind that our funding is concentrated on New York City-based initiatives.


There is no deadline; reviews of applications are rolling.

We recommend downloading the pdf of our application form to use as a guide for preparing your materials.

Please have all material prepared before completing our online application form. The form must be completed in one session; corrections cannot be made after the form has been submitted.

Be sure your attachments do not exceed the file sizes stated.

Once your application form has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of your completed application. Keep this document for your records.

Please do not send any additional material.


Completed applications that meet the Keith Haring Foundation’s mandate will be reviewed.  Applicants will be notified by US Post two to three weeks following quarterly board meetings.

Final Report

After an organization’s approved funds have been expended, we request a report (approx. 3-5 pages) detailing how the funds were implemented, an expenditures budget, and any supporting documents, updates or status reports. Depending on the particular grant, the Haring Foundation may require interim reports as well.

Additional Notes

If your organization has been awarded a grant, please wait two full years before submitting a renewal request.

If your organization has not been awarded a grant, please wait one full year before resubmitting.

For any questions, please contact us via our contact form.