Armstrong World Industries Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: While Armstrong does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to diseases, it supports many awards to disease-related groups across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to focus the bulk of its grants in this space on local chapters of national disease-related organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Armstrong World Industries Foundation is the independent charitable arm of the Armstrong World Industries company. The foundation is "primarily focused on making a positive difference in lives of people where they live, work, learn, heal and play, awarding grants by invitation only.” It does not name specific areas of grantmaking, preferring a broad approach to its investments. 

While Armstrong does not maintain specific programs, it has invested in a variety of disease-related organizations and projects. It supports organizations that operate in communities where AWI employees live and work, and that focus on serving the most vulnerable, "particularly under-served children and early childhood education." The foundation funds many modest-sized grants to disease-related organizations. These grants often support local chapters of national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Foundation-wide, grant amounts range anywhere from $100 to $375,000. However, the vast majority of awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. The Armstrong World Industries Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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