The John Anson Kittredge Fund

In 1957, Eleanor and Tracy Kittredge established The John Anson Kittredge Fund in memory of their son.  It is a small private foundation.  Yearly grants seldom total more than $100,000.  Despite its limited resources, however, the fund typically attracts hundreds of applicants annually.

The FundŐs grantees tend to be individuals engaged in specific projects that will contribute to the development of their creative or scholarly potential.  Typical recipients are enrolled in graduate study or postgraduate work, or are at an early stage of a promising professional career in the arts, humane letters, or social sciences.  The Fund strives to assist gifted people, otherwise qualified for standard foundation awards, but with needs that cannot readily be met from other sources offering fellowships or grants-in-aid. Special consideration has been given to residents of Maine.

The Fund does not award grants for either of the following:

á             To pay tuition or take the place of scholarships; or

á             To help individuals suffering from medical or other personal hardship,


Applicants should send a detailed proposal and budget to the address below, and have three other persons send supporting letters to the same address.  Artists should include descriptions or representations of their work (e.g., images, CDs, etc.), if relevant to their application.  All materials should be received by the Fund no later than February 15th of the grant year.  No materials will be returned.

Successful applicants will, in most instances, receive notification by the end of April of the grant year. Payment of the grant will be by check from Key Bank, the FundŐs trustee. To comply with federal tax regulations, successful applicants will be required to send a letter to the Fund, at its Key Bank address, briefly describing how they used the funds and the progress they made toward the purposes supported by the grant.

Send applications and supporting letters to:

Kittredge Fund

PO Box 380789

Cambridge, MA 02238-0789

Please include a current email address and USPS mailing address.

NOTE: Under IRS rule (1)(e), grants to individuals from private foundations, such as the Kittredge Fund, that have been approved by the IRS to make such grants, are not taxable when the grant ŇÉhad the purpose of achieving a specific objective, producing a report or other similar product, or improving or enhancing a literary, artistic, musical, scientific, teaching, or other similar capacity, skill, or talent of the grantee.  Ó