A non-profit-making institution created in 1795 to contribute to promoting the arts, sciences and literature, the Institut de France comprises five Academies: the Académie française, the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, the Académie des sciences, the Académie des beaux-arts and the Académie des sciences morales et politiques.

It is furthermore one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions dealing in patronage and managing donations and legacies.

For two centuries, it has been home to many Foundations, allocating awards that play a role of unparalleled importance in modern patronage.
Created by private individuals and firms, Institut de France Foundations and Awards benefit from this venerable institution's experience in patronage and philanthropy, as well as the expert knowledge of the academy members, in all their specialist fields.
The Institut also owns a significant heritage, comprising stately homes and outstanding collections bequeathed since the late 19th century; including: the château de Chantilly, Jacquemart-André museum, Chaalis Abbey, the château de Langeais, Kerazan manor and villa Kérylos.

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