Mellon Foundation Awards More Than $72 Million to Ensure “Just Futures”

New York, NY – January 13, 2021 — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the US, announced today that grants totaling more than $72 million have been awarded to winners of its Just Futures Initiative—supporting teams of scholars who are studying past periods of crisis and disruption in order to lead us to cultural and social transformation. The 16 projects will receive grants of up to $5 million to be used over a three-year period to support multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborative teams producing solutions-based work that contributes to  public understanding of the nation’s racist past and can lead to the creation of socially just futures.