Verizon Foundation: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation takes a broad approach to funding, and does not maintain specific programs. However, it invests in brain science. 

IP TAKE: This funder offers small to medium-sized grants. Those that can demonstrate how their work benefits diverse communities may have a better chance at securing Verizon funding.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Verizon Foundation was established in 1985 as the primary philanthropic arm of its corporate sister. The foundation does not discriminate in its grantmaking and supports a wide range of programs that “benefit diverse communities including minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+."  Verizon supports both secular and non-secular organizations. The Verizon Foundation invests in science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM education) for K-12 youth, and domestic violence prevention and education for youth, women, and older adults.

Verizon’s brain research grants related to brain research are often rather modest. Grants generally ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. On rare occasions, the foundation awards brain research grants for $25,000. In contrast from other brain research funders, Verizon tends to support both local and smaller brain research organizations as often as it supports larger international groups. To learn more about the Verizon’s Foundation’s grantmaking, download its latest available tax filings here.

The foundation accepts new grant applications by invitation only.


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