F.M. Kirby Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment

OVERVIEW: F.M. Kirby provides support for brain initiatives mainly at large hospitals and health centers across the country, however, much of Kirby’s money stays local to the New Jersey area, where the foundation is based.

IP TAKE: While it's a touch more challenging to win their support, this deliberateness suggests Kirby is a thoughtful funder that spends its money wisely.

PROFILE: The F.M. Kirby Foundation, of Morristown, NJ, was founded in 1931 by one of the early players in the F.W. Woolworth Company. The foundation has a number of different funding interests, including education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, religious causes, welfare, and youth organizations. 

When it comes to brain research grants, Kirby makes some remarkably specific gifts for its size. Related grants are awarded out of its Health program. It should be noted that the organization has also set up the F.M. Kirby Foundation Brain Tumor Research Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, to which it dedicate a good deal of its brain related grantmaking.

Overall, Kirby’s annual health grantmaking is rather substantial, but its brain research grants are pretty limited; the foundation tends to make awards of $100,000 to $350,000 to large medical institutions around the country. Grantseekers should also be aware that much of Kirby’s money stays local.

Grantseekers can take a look at the foundation’s recent grantees list to get a better handle on the types of groups it funds, where, and at what level.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. The deadline for applications typically falls on October 31.

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