Omron Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Omron Foundation awards grants to support the prevention, treatment and research of a heart disease, stroke and childhood illnesses.

IP TAKE: This funder supports organizations outside of its main areas of interest in this funding space.

PROFILE: The OMRON Foundation Inc. (OFI) was established in 1989 as the charitable arm of OMRON Global, a manufacturer of control equipment, factory automation systems, electronic components, automotive electronics, ticket vending machines and medical equipment. A portion of sales profits contributed from the company’s subsidiaries in North America fund the foundation. OFI’s grantmaking focuses on “[s]ocial betterment organizations” through its grantmaking programs, which include Disaster Relief, Disabilities, Education, Basic Needs, Health and Japanese Culture.

Omron awards its disease-related grants through its Health program, which focuses on heart health, including nutrition, physical activity, stress management and smoking cessation, as well as, stroke and childhood diseases.  

Grant amounts are typically modest, often ranging anywhere from $100 to $40,000. In the past, organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Epilepsy Foundation have received grants from OFI.

OFI accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. The foundation only accepts LOIs via email.

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