Put your ideas to work.

Prometheus Foundation seeks new intellectuals and organisations with imagination and persistence who can productively use funds to advance Objectivism and Ayn Rand. Whether you’re a professional Objectivist intellectual, an intellectual in training, or plan to positively impact the culture, Prometheus Foundation wants to hear from you.

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PF Funding Programs

Prometheus Foundation operates with two funds: The Objectivist Venture Fund and the New Intellectual Fund (NIF). NIF comprises two programs: The Scholarship Program and the Productiveness Program. Here’s what you need to know about each.

Venture Fund

Under the Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF), 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 that increase awareness and improve understanding of Ayn Rand.


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.


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.

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About Prometheus Foundation

Prometheus Foundation (PF) is an independent, non-profit enterprise whose mission is to actively promote Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. To this end, PF seeks and funds proposals from individual Objectivists as well as from for-profit and non-profit organizations.

PF operates with two funds: The Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF) and the New Intellectual Fund. Carl Barney, a long-time advocate of Objectivist ideas, is the originator and sole funding source for Prometheus.

Objectivist Venture Fund was first announced at the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference, and inaugurated shortly thereafter. OVF underwrites innovative projects whose aim is to spread Ayn Rand’s ideas with maximum impact.

Who & What We Fund

Prometheus Foundation funds many organisations and individuals through two funds: The Objectivist Venture Fund and the New Intellectual Fund (NIF). NIF is comprised of two programs: The Productiveness Program and the Scholarship Program. Here are examples from each of these funding avenues.

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Proposal by Maja Vrtaric

The John Galt School program the objective of which is to educate students throughout Europe in Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism.

Proposal by Tyler Ashby

Scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with the objective of studying and promoting the efficacy of the human mind.

Proposal by Alex Epstein

Support for the marketing efforts of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, to guarantee exposure of the book and bring a new perspective on fossil fuels outside the industry.

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Are you ready to put these ideas to work? We want to hear from you. If you have all the information and motivation you need, go ahead and apply now. If you require more insight and encouragement, continue to learn more about Prometheus Foundation.