Izumi Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Izumi supports projects that address infectious disease occurrences in high burden countries located in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

IP TAKE: Izumi supports both small and large organizations, but makes only a handful of grants each cycle. Grants are competitive. 

PROFILE: The Izumi Foundation was created by the Shinnyo-en, a lay Buddhist order. Based in Boston, Izumi seeks to do as "much as possible, with limited resources, to improve the health outcomes of people living in the most impoverished areas of Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean." It invests in infectious diseases with high morbidity and mortality, neglected tropical diseases, malnutrition, maternal and neonatal health, and healthcare infrastructure

Izumi make global health grants through five areas of interest:  

  • Infectious diseases: Izumi is particularly focused on diseases with high morbidity and mortality rates such as diarrhea, malaria, HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, measles, and pneumonia.
  • Neglected tropical diseases: Izumi addresses diseases that are persistently present in some  communities within its geographic regions of focus.
  • Malnutrition: Wiping malnutrition off the statistical map as the leading cause of death for children under five is a main focus of this program.
  • Maternal and neonatal health: Izumi supports groups that address the immediate causes of newborn death.
  • Healthcare infrastructure: The foundation supports healthcare infrastructure building on the local, national, and regional levels. 

As a general rule, most selected organizations receive a two-year grant; however, the foundation will consider funding for one or three years as well. Grants range between $45,000 to $100,000. On occasion, Izumi will award larger grants from $200,000 to $300,000. Examine its recent grants page, which provides detailed information on grant amounts and types of projects funded.

The Izumi Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, but only in April, May, and June.

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