Astellas USA Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Astellas USA Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on vaccinating children against diseases such as measles. Related grants are restricted to groups working in Latin America.

IP TAKE: Astellas has an open application process; smaller groups should consider the foundation when seeking funding.

PROFILE: Established in 2005, the Astellas USA Foundation is the charitable arm of Astellas, a pharmaceutical company. The foundation "[p]romotes well-being and education, which includes a focus on supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals that are aimed at achieving healthy lives for all." It invests in Health and Well Being, STEM Education, and Disaster Response.

Astellas supports global health through its Health and Well Being program. It seeks to provide funds to help "[d]eliver access to health and well-being to people of all ages, and to enrich" people's quality of life in the cities in which the foundation conducts its grantmaking. In the past, it has supported health projects that clothe children, offer free health-screenings, and vaccinations. 

In the U.S., Astellas supports organizations in Northbrook and Skokie, Illinois; Santa Monica, California; Norman, Oklahoma; and Washington D.C. Astellas also awards grants for projects that have a national scope. Internationally, the foundation supports organizations from Toronto, Canada and Latin America.

The foundation awards about 20 or fewer grants each year. They range from $2,500 to about$400,000; however, most grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. The foundation appears to prioritize large international organizations in its grantmaking, such as the United Nations Foundation and the American Red Cross.

Astellas accepts unsolicited grant applications from registered nonprofits in the United States and Canada. Grantseekers should note that it can be a rather lengthy process that can last from three to six months. Organizations may also submit multiple applications within the same year.


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