Abbott Fund: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Abbott Fund grants to organizations expanding access to healthcare through the modernization of systems, maternal and child health, noncommunicable diseases, HIV/AIDS and improving nutrition in underserved regions of the world.

IP TAKE: In selecting grantees, Abbott prefers an emphasis on data and measurable results, and a demonstrable expansion of healthcare infrastructure, especially in regions where it is lacking or non-existent.

PROFILE: Abbott is a global healthcare company that emphasizes scientific innovation and supporting science and health around the world. Founded in 1953, the Abbott Fund is the global philanthropic arm of Abbott Laboratories and is located in Illinois. Abbott Laboratories has business interests in more than 150 countries. 

Abbott does not make many international grants annually, but it does make them consistently. However, each area of funding is country specific, further narrowing Abbott’s grantmaking field. For instance, the fund’s maternal and child health giving is focused on Afghanistan, while its HIV/AIDS related grantmaking mainly goes toward organizations working in Kenya, and on a smaller scale, Tanzania. 

The Abbott Fund's grants vary in size, but most fall between $10,000 and $50,000. Often, the foundation makes smaller grants of about $10,000 to grassroots organizations and lesser-known international NGOs. However, for a handful of particularly ambitious projects, the Abbott Fund gives upwards of $1 million. 

Grantseekers are encouraged to contact this funder before applying. Though it does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications, the fund occasionally accepts grant applications related to community health and well-being, science education and community outreach. Requests must be made online during periods when the fund accepts unsolicited grant applications. Future opportunities will be posted on its website.

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