Apply for Funding

Recognizing the importance of greater access to philosophy for all adults, youth, and children, as well as the scarcity of funds available for philosophy programs, PLATO created the PLATO Philosophy Fund (PPF), which will provide funding for a wide range of innovative philosophy programs with the aim of broadening philosophy’s reach. The expectation is that many of these programs will take place in public and other non-traditional settings.


All applications will be blind-reviewed by a committee composed of members of the PLATO Board of Directors. In this first year, we expect to fund projects with a wide range of awards, from as small as $100 to as large as $5,000. The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) is not a federal agency. Accordingly, no grants awarded by the PLATO Philosophy Fund shall be subject to Facilities and Administrative Cost as defined in subsection B.4 of Appendix A to 2 Code of Federal Regulations part 220, or as otherwise defined by any college or university. Moreover, the PLATO Philosophy Fund does not award funding for fringe benefits or grant administration costs. Grantee organizations should support these costs through other funding sources. Please address any questions to PPF chair Jana Mohr Lone at


Applications are due February 1, 2017, and funding decisions will be announced by May 15, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Learn how you can apply for a PLATO Philosophy Fund Grant!

  1. Download Essay Questions
  2. When Answering the Essay Questions, you have 2 options…
    1. Print and fill out by hand (download the PDF) -OR-
    2. Download and fill out on your computer using the Microsoft Word version
  3. Then scan (if necessary) and/or upload your answers by clicking on the Application Submission.

Application Submission:

Click here to view the online form »


Indicate the institution you are affiliated with for the purposes of this grant application. (school or organization usually)
(just additional applicants please - no need to enter the contact person a second time)
(just additional applicants please - no need to enter the contact person a second time)
(just additional applicants please - no need to enter the contact person a second time)
Allowed file extensions are pdf, png, jpg, gif, doc, docx. Max file size is 16 MB. Download the application (you can find it in the "Apply Now" section to the right of this form). Then print, fill-out, sign and scan it; then you can upload it here.