OVERVIEW: Brush focuses its global health grantmaking on adolescent sexuality, women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, and laws and regulations regarding population control.
IP TAKE: Brush only awards a handful of grants each year. Grantseekers may have a better chance at securing funding if their work address sexual and reproductive health challenges on multiple fronts.
PROFILE: Based in Ohio, the Brush Foundation is a relatively small organization with assets between about $6 million and $8 million. The Ohio-based Brush Foundation was established in 1928, but you would hardly know it given the incredibly low public profile the foundation keeps—it does not operate a website, nor does it employ a paid staff. It dedicates grantmaking to ensure that “family planning worldwide becomes acceptable, available, accessible, affordable, effective, and safe.” The foundation accomplishes this through projects that protect and improve people’s rights and abilities to navigate their reproductive health, assess public policy and education related programs, and increase information regarding the sexual and reproductive health and behavior of young people. Brush prioritizes adolescent sexuality, women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, and laws and regulations regarding population control in least developed countries.
The foundation's grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Even though this is relatively modest supporter of global health and reproductive projects, it tends to support larger and establish organizations, such as Pathfinder International.
Brush is an approachable funder that grantseekers should contact to receive more information regarding formal grant guidelines. Applications and requests for funding must be received between June 30 and December 31 each year.
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