Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust supports organizations working in pediatric cancer and other illnesses. The trust prioritizes groups in the Metro Washington, D.C., region.

IP TAKE: The Stewart Trust supports organizations both large and small. If you’re located outside the DC area, you’re not completely out of luck here. But you should make sure that you highlight how your work aligns with the trust’s objectives in your letter of inquiry.

PROFILE: The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust was established in 1947, and has since supported organizations that are “researching, treating, and preventing cancer and pediatric illnesses.”

In addition to its regular grantmaking, the trust has partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts for the Pew Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research award. The award is bestowed upon early career scientists researching cures for cancer.

Stewart Trust’s grantmaking maintains its geographic focus pretty tightly to the Metro DC area, including parts of Maryland and Virginia. On occasion, the trust does award grants to organizations operating outside the DC region, typically to institutions located in other large metro areas, such as New York.

Stewart focuses on pediatric illnesses and cancer as main areas of funding, with emphasis on treatment and research. However, it’s not unusual for it to go beyond the scope of young people to include cancer funding for other age groups. A common grantmaking thread here is that the trust supports organizations working with underserved and vulnerable populations.  

Grants typically range from $25,000 to $100,000, with a few falling above and below that bracket. To learn more about the types of organizations the trust supports, explore its recent grants page.

The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Those applications should be received by the trust around the middle of September to have a chance at getting funding the following year.


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