David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Packard Foundation makes dozens of global health grants per year (most between $100,000 and $500,000), predominantly to organizations that work to improve reproductive health services, access, and policy.

IP TAKE: This foundation is refreshingly approachable toward grantseekers. 

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's work in global health promotes the health and well-being of women, youth and their families. In this area, the foundation believes that women and children's health improves when they have access to reproductive health information and services. When women and their families are healthy, the foundation believes economic opportunities improve and communities become stronger. David Packard, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Stanford University board trustee, and his wife, Lucile, both worked closely to build and operate Hewlett-Packard, and later found the Packard Foundation, which reflects their long-time passion for philanthropy. 

The Packard Foundation's global health funding is highly targeted. Through its Population and Reproductive Health initiative, Packard supports programming in Sub-Saharan AfricaSouth Asia, and the United States. In the global health field, the foundation tends to fund projects that connect reproductive health rights with women's economic and political freedom. 

The Packard Foundation funds dozens of projects per year, usually between $100,000 and $500,000, but grants range in size. If you would like a better idea of what the foundation funds and at what level, examine its exceptional grant database

    If your work aligns with Packard's policies and geographic priorities, applying for funding is relatively straightforward. According to the foundation's site, interested grantseekers may "submit an email inquiry, not to exceed one page, to population@packard.org. Only inquiries that clearly support a particular subprogram strategy and fall within the subprogram’s geographic priorities will be considered." The foundation does its best to review and respond to inquiries within four to six weeks.

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