The Coby Foundation, Ltd.


• Welcome to the coby foundation •

The Coby Foundation, Ltd., located in New York City, funds projects in the textile and needle arts field. Its funding is limited to non-profit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Jacket embroidered by Irene Zambelli Silverman at age 14

The Coby Foundation was established in 1994 by Irene Zambelli Silverman in honor of her mother, Irene Meladakis Zambelli. Mrs. Silverman described her mother as "the finest needlewoman in New York."

The majority of the Coby Foundation's support goes to exhibitions and education programs that combine excellent scholarship and effective interpretation. Projects may be in the arts or humanities, contemporary or historical, but all must have a public benefit. Such projects may include research and documentation, conservation, publication and Web projects. The Foundation supports only the direct costs of projects.

The Coby Foundation does not fund operations, such as staff salaries and overhead; capital projects; and courses, scholarships and fellowships at degree-granting institutions.

We encourage applicants to send a short letter of inquiry including a project description, dates and projected income and expenses. Upon receipt of a positive response, applicant may submit an application. The Foundation’s Board, which reviews all applications that the Executive Director has invited, meets three times a year, generally in January, May and September. Please check regarding submission deadlines.

Please address letters of inquiry to:
Ward L.E. Mintz, Executive Director
The Coby Foundation, Ltd.
511 Avenue of the Americas, #387
New York, NY 10011