Wallace Genetic Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Wallace Genetic Foundation’s global health grants typically revolve around sustainable agriculture, water, hygiene and sanitation, as well as global health advocacy.

IP TAKE: Wallace may not accept unsolicited grant applications, but it only makes single-year awards. This turnover means the funding door isn’t completely closed to newcomers.

PROFILE: Henry Wallace was the founder of the first commercial hybrid seed company, Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company. In 1959, he and his wife established the Wallace Genetic Foundation with shares from Pioneer.

In the mid-1990s, foundation trustees agreed to split the foundation into three separate entities: Wallace Genetic, Wallace Global Fund and Wallace Research Foundation. Each organization is governed by independent missions based on the beliefs of founder Henry Wallace.

The Wallace Genetic Foundation focuses much of its funding attention on environmental protection, conservation and climate change. In the global health space, grantmaking centers on water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as global health advocacy. Wallace also backs efforts related to vaccines and access to medicines, though on a smaller scale than its other global health grantmaking.

Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000 with most from $25,000 to $50,000. Awards are spread fairly evenly between mid-sized, and large organizations. For example, Direct Relief, InterAction, and Water for Life are all past grant recipients. To learn more about the types of groups Wallace Genetic supports, look over its grantee lists.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding and it does not award multiyear grants.

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