OVERVIEW: The Medtronic Foundation regularly makes grants to organizations around the world that prevent and treat non-communicable diseases.
IP TAKE: Medtronic is a regular provider of medium-sized, disease-related grants, and is worth contacting if your work overlaps with Medtronic's giving priorities. The foundation is rare in the global health world since it sometimes funds projects that take place in developed countries.
PROFILE: The charitable arm of one of the world's largest medical technology companies, the Medtronic Foundation devotes its global health efforts to preventing and treating non-communicable diseases like cancer and diabetes. However, it occasionally offers one-off grants for communicable diseases as noted in its recent grantmaking to combat Ebola.
Unlike virtually every other major foundation with an international disease prevention focus, Medtronic does not limit its global giving to lower-income countries. The foundation regularly makes grants to organizations working in wealthier countries, like Canada or Japan, as long as they benefit people in need and reduce the incidence of NCDs (which, quality of healthcare systems aside, persist as a global phenomenon).
Most Medtronic Foundation global disease grants range from $10,000 to $150,000, although there are occasional exceptions at both ends of the spectrum.
Medtronic only accepts proposals by invitation. However, if a grantseeker's work aligns with Medtronic's funding priorities, they should contact the foundation about future opportunities or partnerships. If Medtronic thinks you are doing good things, it could very well extend you an invitation to apply for support.
- Jacob Gayle, Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy
- Paurvi Bhatt, Program Director, Global Access