Lalor Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Lalor Foundation seeks organizations focusing on young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health information.

IP TAKE: This funder supports national, community-based, and grassroots organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1935, the Lalor Foundation invests in organizations that “[promote] reproductive health through research and innovation.” It also offers postdoctoral fellowships to fund “research in mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation and fertility.

The foundation conducts women-related grantmaking through its Anna Lalor Burdick Program, which seeks to education young women about reproduction in an effort to give them more life opportunities. The program’s activities provide young women with adequate access to sexual and reproductive health information, as well as comprehensive and unbiased information about contraception and pregnancy termination. The foundation notes that it is particularly interested in supporting programs that benefit marginalized young women affected by poverty, discrimination, and geographic isolation.

Grants can range from $10,000 to $35,000, but most range from $15,000 to $25,000. Past grantees include the Blue Mountain Clinic and the Justice Resource Institute. To learn more about the types of organizations supported through the Anna Lalor Burdick Grants Program, explore the foundation’s Past Grantees page.

Lalor does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking but organizations must be based in the U.S to be eligible for funding. The foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding via the submission of a concept application. Grantees must submit their applications by November 1 to be eligible for consideration at the board’s December meeting and May 1 to be considered for eligibility for the board’s June meeting.

The philanthropic services company GMA Foundations manages Lalor’s grantmaking.


  • Cynthia Patterson, President