Skip to main content

Blakemore Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-05

At A Glance

Blakemore Foundation

1201 3rd Ave., Ste. 4900

Seattle, WA United States 98101-3095

Telephone: (206) 359-8778


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $9,392,401

Total giving: $874,761





Additional Contact Information

Additional e-mail:


Established in 1990 in WA - The foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of East Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States.

Purpose and Activities

Grants to individuals pursuing academic, business, or professional careers involving East or Southeast Asia for advanced study of East or Southeast Asian languages in Asia. Grants to museums, universities and other educational or art-related institutions in the United States for exhibitions and internships to broaden and deepen the understanding of Asian art in the United States.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Funds for an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant. .

Blakemore Refresher Grants

Blakemore Refresher Grants are intended to provide mid-career professionals an opportunity to refresh their language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester. Applicants for Refresher Grants must meet all the eligibility requirements for Blakemore Freeman Fellowships, and be a member of one of the following groups: Former Blakemore Freeman Fellows; Professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States; Professionals working in an Asian field.

Frances Blakemore Asian Art Grants

The Frances Blakemore Asian Art Grants are made by invitation only to a small number of tax-exempt organizations in the United States, such as museums, universities and other educational or art-related institutions, for exhibitions and internships dealing with the arts of Northeast, East and Southeast Asia, to broaden and deepen the understanding of Asian art in the United States.

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships to U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents studying languages in east and southeast Asia.

Fields of Interest

  • Art history
  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Museums
  • Religion
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • People of East Asian descent
  • People of Asian descent

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $9,392,401 (market value)

Gifts received: $400,000

Expenditures: $1,085,513

Total giving: $874,761

Qualifying distributions: $994,046

Giving activities include:

$90,656 for 5 grants (high: $40,656; low: $5,000)

$784,105 for 27 grants to individuals (high: $67,007; low: $10,000)