Eli Lilly and Company Foundation: Grants for Indiana

OVERVIEW: The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation supports health, pre-K to 12 education, the United Way, and cultural and community development in Indianapolis, Indiana and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, pre-K to 12 education, United Way, cultural development, community development

IP TAKE: Numerous opportunities exist here for Indianapolis-based nonprofits; however, this corporate funder does not make itself particularly accessible to new or unaffiliated grantseekers.

PROFILE: Established in 1968, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation is a corporate foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1876, Colonel Eli Lilly founded Eli Lilly and Company, which is currently engaged in bio-medicines, oncology, diabetes treatments, immunology, pain therapy, and neurodegeneration. This foundation is part of the company’s commitment to give back to the communities it works in. It aims to “supports philanthropic initiatives designed to improve health and strengthen communities.” The foundation supports local efforts for health, pre-K to 12 education, United Way, and cultural and community development.

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation supports access to quality healthcare for low- and middle-income populations to address the issues of diabetes, cancer, and tuberculosis. This program stretches, locally, nationally, and globally. It awards education grants, mostly in Indiana, for education in the areas of STEM education, early education, and K-12 outcomes for Indianapolis students. The corporate funder supports efforts that promote cultural and community efforts in Indianapolis. It also partners with the United Way and has an employee matching donation program.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $200,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking largely focuses on Indianapolis and elsewhere in the state of Indiana. Past local grantees include the Indiana Opera Society, Entrepreneurial Ventures in Education, and the Indianapolis Zoological Society.

This foundation has not accepted unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits since 2011. Instead it only funds pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the staff at 317-276-2000.


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