ExxonMobil Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: A leading corporate foundation, ExxonMobil's charitable arm invests millions annually into projects that fight the spread of malaria in Africa and Asia.

IP TAKE: Approaching the foundation for support will require some extra initiative on grantseeker's part; however, groups doing anti-malaria work should not be discouraged. The foundation is generous to the projects it funds and wants to maximize its impact.

PROFILE: The ExxonMobil Foundation’s global health goal is to “[i]nvest in programs targeted at improving healthcare, mainly in the developing world, with a particular focus on malaria.” While the foundation also features programs that support women's empowerment and math and science education, it dedicates substantial funds to international health programs focused on treating malaria. 

Its Malaria Initiative names four programmatic focuses: education, prevention, diagnosis, control, and elimination; and research. Although the foundation supports healthcare grants to organizations that operate in areas where ExxonMobil operates, its malaria funding is largely dedicated to groups working in Africa and Asia.

The foundation also supports other global health causes such as strengthening Africa’s healthcare infrastructure and infectious diseases in West Africa; however, those grants are awarded on a smaller scale than its malaria grants. 

ExxonMobil’s global health grants range from a few thousand dollars to over $1 million and are generally awarded to “leading organizations” that combat malaria in its geographic priority areas. To gain a clearer idea of what kinds of global health organizations ExxonMobil funds, read its Worldwide Giving report. 

Unfortunately for grantseekers, the foundation's project selection process is not overwhelmingly transparent. ExxonMobil does not usually accept unsolicited grant applications. 


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