Eleanor Crook Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Eleanor Crook Foundation seeks organizations that prioritize ending hunger and poverty.

IP TAKE: This funder supports organizations that work within various aspects of malnutrition, undernutrition, and severe acute malnutrition.

PROFILE: Eleanor Crook and her late husband, Ambassador William H. Crook founded the Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) in 1997. According to the foundation’s website, Eleanor has advocated for global nutrition for decades. The main objective of ECF is to end hunger as it “[o]nly makes investments that fill critical gaps and have the potential to be catalytic, scalable, and sustainable.” The foundation’s grantmaking programs include Implementation Research, Local Capacity Building, and Advocacy.

Implementation Research grants support organizations researching, developing, and executing “[i]nnovative nutrition programs outcomes at scale. ECF awards related grants out of its RISE for Nutrition initiative. This program seeks to bring one tested nutrition innovation to scale to at least one country in East Africa by the year 2023.

ECF awards Local Capacity Building grants to local organizations via the Uganda Grassroots Nutrition program (UGN). Founded in 2016 in partnership with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, the UGN program supports organizations in Northern Uganda tackling the immediate causes of undernutrition in their local communities.

Finally, the foundation’s Advocacy program supports organizations promoting “[g]lobal nutrition, food security, and more effective foreign aid.”

ECF grants typically range from around $5,000 to $25,000. Past grantees include organizations such as the Alliance to End Hunger and the Bread for the World Institute.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests of funding. Grant seekers that believe their work aligns with ECFs objectives are welcome to send a brief email to info@eleanorcrookfoundation.org.


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