The Allen Foundation Emphasizes Nutrition for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

The Allen Foundation was established in 1975 by William Webster Allen, an agricultural chemist. In alignment with his profession, the Allen Foundation is focused on “human nutrition,” and distributes grants with that focus in the arenas of education, training and research. This boils down to support of programs that prioritize “the connections between diet and health.”

That includes an explicit focus on women who are pregnant and who have recently given birth. The foundation considers prenatal/maternal nutrition education and training not only important to the health of mother and baby, but also to lay the groundwork for good nutritional behavior in early childhood.

A bit more on the Allen Foundation's definitions of education and training: it defines "education" as "the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits.” It defines “training” as assisting people “to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices.”

This opens a wide array of programmatic opportunities related to prenatal and early motherhood nutritional health. And the foundation grants not only across the U.S., but internationally as well, though its giving history does show preference to Allen’s home state of Michigan.

Grantees working in nutritional education and training for women include a mother-to-mother peer breastfeeding program, as well as a specific program for homeless mothers. Grants from the Allen Foundation typically range $15,000 to $50,000 for education and training programs, with multiyear support available, up to three years.

The Allen Foundation has an open, online application process with a December deadline.

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