The Yip Harburg Foundation funds projects that (a) work toward world peace, (b) work to end economic and social discrimination and exploitation, racial/ethnic conflicts, and social injustice; (b) provide educational opportunities to low-income and minority students through scholarship organizations; (c) advance and promote new works of American political art, especially efforts involving cultural and societal issues; (d) preserve and enhance the legacy of E.Y. Harburg through new projects or revivals of his standard works in all media.


We prefer to fund new projects, as follows: (a) action-oriented projects with small operating budgets which, due to the controversial, risky or innovative nature of their work, have little access to traditional funding; (b) mass media and theatre projects which educate and inform about serious issues; (c) projects extending over a specific time period, with a focused, concrete goal and clear social impact.

The Foundation generally grants $500 to $3,000, and occasionally up to $5,000. We request proof of applicant's tax-exempt status or fiscal sponsor. We require that you follow our application guidelines to request funds. We require that "The Yip Harburg Foundation" be credited for its contributions to a project and when applicable be supplied with a final product thereof (such as a video/sound recording or copy of printed publication).

We do not fund (a) libraries, buildings or endowments; (b) the areas of health (mental or physical), environment or aging; (c) travel expenses or conferences; (d) individual scholarships or stipends; (e) projects focused outside the U.S.


We initiate projects as well as support those already in development, in the following areas:

I. Social and Economic Justice

Towards this aim, we have funded groups such as:

II. Educational Opportunity

We have provided scholarships for:

III. New Works of Political Art

We have helped fund the following documentaries:

IV. Living Archives

We invite scholars, students and musical theatre practitioners to use our archives on Yip Harburg, which consist of an extensive collection of scripts, scores, recordings, videotapes, press clippings, etc., many of which are rare and unavailable elsewhere. Originals are housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and at Yale University. Copies of most of these materials are available from the Foundation's office.


Brief proposals are preferred (email preferred; for hard copies, the entire proposal should be no more than 10 pages).

Response time is usually from 6 to 8 weeks.

Please submit the following information:

  1. Date
  2. Project Title
  3. Purpose (general problems and goals, specific aims and objectives for which funds are to be used) *
  4. Amount requested
  5. Time period for use of funds requested
  6. Organization to receive funds (name, address, liaison, phone/fax/email)
  7. Description of prior work or projects pertinent to this request *
  8. Project director (background and organizational affiliation) *
  9. Budget (itemize major and minor categories) *
  10. Applicant's other funding to date (funds committed, funds applied for) *
  11. If applicant is an organization, please include letter authorizing IRS non-profit status or proof of sponsorship by an organization with 501c3 non-profit status that will receive funds for the project.

* 500 words maximum, if possible

Please send all materials to

The Yip Harburg Foundation (address as of January 27, 2011)
Administrative Office
636 Broadway, Room 1207
New York, NY 10012

212-343-9453 (fax) - junk faxes not accepted