Philanthropy

Born poor, LeRoy Neiman became very successful and remarkably generous. During his lifetime, he and his wife, Janet Byrne Neiman, donated over $20 millionto art programs at universities and at community centers that support at-risk kids.

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, which the Neimans founded in 1986, continues their philanthropic work. We provide funding for after-school community programs, university initiatives, and other educational efforts that foster interest in and love of art.

Following are descriptions of programs that the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation has supported and, in many cases, continues to support. For information regarding grant proposals, please read here.


The Foundation regularly receives and reviews proposals for grant requests.  While the Foundation does not have rigid guidelines that determine groups that will receive funding, the information listed above gives a sense of the types of projects we support.  

In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation requires information regarding who will be served by the proposed grant, the percentage of the grant that will go directly to supporting arts programming and education, and what other organizations or programs are fulfilling arts education needs in the area where the grant seeker is based.  We also consider requests relating to exhibitions and publications relevant to LeRoy Neiman’s life and work.  

Grant applications should be submitted no less than nine months prior to the date that grant funding is needed.  

Specifically, proposals for funding should include the following: 

  • A copy of the organization’s 501 ( c ) 3 ruling from the Internal Revenue Service
  • A copy of the latest audited financial statements
  • A copy of the latest form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service
  • A letter describing the proposed project and the organization’s mission and goals and other funders
  • The project’s budget
  • The organization’s general operating budget
  • Demographic information about the people served by the organization’s activities

Information may be submitted in paper form or digitally at:

info @ LeRoyNeimanFoundation.org 1 W. 67th St. New York, NY  10023

The Foundation’s staff responds to grant requests four times a year.