Our Focus

Prometheus Foundation seeks New Intellectuals with ideas, imagination and persistence, who can put funds to productive use to advance Objectivism and Ayn Rand. PF accepts applications under three main categories:

Intellectual Entrepreneurs: Under the Objectivist Venture Fund, we underwrite individuals and organizations with plans to positively impact the culture by promoting Ayn Rand’s ideas. In the past, successful OVF projects have included courses, book clubs, public meetings, books and other publications (including podcasts and videos) that increase awareness and improve understanding of Ayn Rand. Projects can either be for-profit or non-profit, and monetary awards can be in the form of grants or loans. Multi-year projects with long-lasting impact are most desirable.

OVF will generally not consider proposals that support artistic projects or promote a specific political campaign. Proposals should not duplicate activities of the Ayn Rand Institute, but may enhance or amplify such projects.

Scholarships: Under the Scholarships Program of the New Intellectuals Fund, serious Objectivists of all ages may apply for funds to finance their formal education. Applicants must demonstrate both the ability and intention to promote Objectivism, either as professional intellectuals or as well-educated professionals.

Productivity Enhancement: Under the Productiveness Program of the New Intellectuals Fund, we provide financial support to professional Objectivist intellectuals who need time to complete a course, write a book or finish some other worthwhile assignment. “Productivity funds” can be used to help with household chores, alleviate the need for part-time employment, and reduce financial stresses that might accompany the completion of deep intellectual work.

Examples of Funded Projects

Ayn Rand Center, Latin America

Proposal by Maria Marty

This proposal establishes an Ayn Rand Center for Latin America, headquartered in Buenos Aires. Activities will include website, conferences, courses, and translations of Objectivist work into Spanish.

Aristotelian Centre for Reason & Objectivism (ACRO)

Proposal by Liberty Forum of Greece

This will establish a forum to explore the relationship between Objectivism and Aristotelian thought with the goal of strengthening the voice of reason and freedom in Greece. ACRO will promote, educate and clarify the work of Ayn Rand to young people, academic and business circles, and politicized citizens.

The Undercurrent

Proposal by Margaret Malewski

This will support the resources required to significantly increase student involvement in activist, study and social clubs focused on Objectivism. The Undercurrent has developed a new strategy to more effectively engage students on selected campuses.

The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels Marketing Program

Proposal by Alex Epstein

This will support the marketing efforts for The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein, and drive three primary outcomes: (1) guaranteeing thousands of people are exposed to the book and a new perspective on fossil fuels, (2) generating support for the book outside of the industry and (3) raising the visibility of the book and its message.