Allergan Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment

OVERVIEW: The Allergan Foundation doesn’t have a grantmaking program dedicated to brain research and treatment, but it does awards some decent-sized grants to organizations working in both fields.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should keep in mind that this funder wants to see the state or national impact of the work it backs. This may not be the funder to approach for projects that benefit comparatively smaller groups of people.

PROFILE: The global pharmaceutical company Allergan has two philanthropic arms: the Allergan Foundation and the Allergan International Foundation. The former is the one grantseekers looking for money to support their brain and research treatment work want to get to know.

Established in 1998, the Allergan Foundation awards grants out of its four main programs: Arts, Education, Civic and Community, and Health and Human Services. While the foundation does not have a specific giving program dedicated to brain research and treatment, it does awards some decent-sized grants to organizations working in both fields. Some past grants have been rather sizable.

Before digging into what types of groups Allergan supports, it should be noted that priority is given to its regions of geographic focus. This includes Orange and Santa Barbara counties in California, central New Jersey, and McLennan County in Texas, all places where the company has a significant business and employee presence. However, Allergan will consider proposals outside these regions if the projects “serve the state as a whole or have a regional or national impact.”

Brain research and treatment grants fall under Allergan’s Focus Grant program, which supports “primarily patient and health care centered organizations and programs.” Grants decisions are made by the Board of Directors and applications are by invitation only. In general, Allergan seeks to support work that promotes awareness, education and research, as well as improving access to quality health care.

Grants awarded to projects in brain research and treatment aren’t as widespread as the foundation’s grants to in its other areas of focus. However, the grants can be rather substantial, ranging anywhere from $20,000 to $420,000. Related grants are often awarded to larger national institutions, such as the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology Institute. To learn more about Allergan grantees, visit its Previous Grant Recipients page.

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