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Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Inc.

171 Orange St.

New Haven, CT United States 06510-3111


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $85,117,606

Total giving: $2,912,151






Established in 1987 in CT - The foundation was endowed in 1991 through a bequest by the late Emily Hall Tremaine, a collector of contemporary art.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that advance practical solutions to basic problems in our society. With an overall emphasis on education principally in the United States, it takes an active role in the arts, the environment, and in learning disabilities.

Program Area(s)

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


The foundation honors its founder and her unique artistic vision through the contemporary art program. The foundation's support of contemporary art is twofold. The Marketplace Empowerment for Artists program empowers visual artists with the professional skills necessary to sustain a successful life and career in the arts. The Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award offers curators the support to research, redefine, and push new themes in contemporary art exhibitions.


The foundation's Climate Change initiative began in 2001 with a focus on Connecticut as the board realized the significant environmental impact of our changing climate. At first, the foundation focused on the state of Connecticut, as it was primed to demonstrate tangible and replicable progress that could be a model for climate change actions in other states. Its Climate Change initiative has since grown beyond Connecticut to the Northeast region as a whole and to the Southeastern states where it focuses on promoting energy efficiency investments.

Learning Disabilities

The foundation has been making grants to support children with learning disabilities (LD) and their families since 1992. Left unaddressed, learning disabilities can affect the emotional and physical health and well being of children, in turn preventing a positive experience in the classroom. During the first decade of the foundation's involvement in the field of learning disabilities, support was directed toward public relations campaigns to dispel the stigma often associated with LD. In 2003, the foundation refocused its efforts on the classroom. The foundation identified two key areas where grants can help prepare classrooms to be designed for all types of learners. The foundation's current priorities guiding its grantmaking are two-fold: Early Intervention: Recognition and Response and Technology and Teaching.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $85,117,606 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,571,127

Total giving: $2,912,151

Qualifying distributions: $3,656,679