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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

275 Madison Ave., 33rd Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10016-1101

Telephone: (212) 687-0011


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $47,264,975

Total giving: $1,776,883






Established in 1976 in NY

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports the humanities, research libraries, and New York City performing arts organizations, and has a particular interest in encouraging Venetian scholarship.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Predoctoral and postdoctoral grants for research in Venice and the Veneto, Italy.

Humanities Program

The foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past: the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection among the humanities and other areas of scholarship. The Humanities Program is primarily directed to institutions of higher education and humanistic enterprises such as learned societies, museums, and major editorial projects. The program may also consider, on a selective basis, projects that increase the exposure to those outside these institutions to the humanistic experience or that strengthen preparation for the humanistic disciplines in secondary education. The prime criterion remains that of Gladys and Jean Delmas: a commitment to excellence, whether proven or promised.

Performing Arts Program

The principal mission of the program is to support organizations of quality in the fields of dance, music, and theater that perform or produce work in New York City. More specifically, the program seeks to: preserve and support New York City's major performing arts institutions; support theater companies that have demonstrated a commitment to include the classics in their regular repertory; encourage dance, theater, and music companies and presenters to make their offerings accessible to audiences; provide stabilization and project funds for dance companies; provide support for music groups committed to performing the contemporary repertory; assist innovative or important projects that address the professional training and development of performing artists; and support the work of artists who, over time, have reinterpreted the traditional elements of dance or theater and thereby have broadened our aesthetic appreciation or understanding.

Research Library Program

The overall objective of the Research Library Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public. Wherever possible, grants to libraries seek to promote cooperative cataloguing projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript, and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition: scholarly library publications: bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and preservation/conservation work and research. The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined. Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources are also eligible. A limited number of modest grants will also be available for projects related to the history of the book, book culture, printing history, and related programs. Conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered.

Venetian Research Program

This program awards four types of support to individuals: 1) Grants for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture are pre-doctoral and post-doctoral grants for travel and residence in Venice and the Veneto. The grants support historical research on Venice, the former Venetian empire, and contemporary Venice; 2) Grants for Venetian Research in European Libraries and Archives outside Venice allow scholars who have already received and accepted a Delmas grant for work in Venice and the Venito to apply for a one-time grant of $3,000, for one month only, to work on Venetian materials in other European libraries and archives; 3) Publication Assistance supports publications to help make possible the dissemination of work accomplished through Delmas Grants for Independent Research; and 4) Grants for Organizations in Support of Venetian Scholarship and Culture which awards grants to organizations for projects aimed at broadening understanding of Venetian history and culture, including the preservation of scholarly resources relating to Venice.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communications
  • Libraries
  • Performing arts
International Interests
  • Italy
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $47,264,975 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,005,816

Total giving: $1,776,883

Qualifying distributions: $2,214,703