Allergan Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: Allergan backs a pretty wide variety of projects promoting awareness, education, research and access to quality healthcare related to specific diseases. 

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should take note that while Allergan awards general operating grants, most go to specific projects and programs.

PROFILE: The Allergan Foundation, based in California—and not to be confused with the Allergan International Foundation—was established in 1998. It has four main areas of grantmaking priority, including Arts, Education, Civic and Community, and Health and Human Services. The Allergan International Foundation, on the other hand, was established in 2011 and focuses on groups working abroad.

Geographically, the foundation gives preference to organizations working in Orange and Santa Barbara Countie in California, central New Jersey, and McLennan County, Texas. However, Allergan does make grants outside these regions if the projects are widespread and “serve the state as a whole or have a regional or national impact.”

That said, Allergan supports a number of organizations that promote awareness, education, research and access to quality healthcare related to specific diseases. The list of diseases is long, and includes opthamological diseases and disorders, cancer, heart disease, children’s health, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

Foundation-wide, grants can range anywhere from $1,000 to $750,000, though most fall between $10,000 to $100,000. Disease-related grants are awarded to U.S.-based organizations large and small. Previous grantees include American Glaucoma Society Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Sightlife and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. To learn more about Allergan grantees, visit its Previous Grant Recipients page.

Disease-related giving typically falls under Allergan’s Focus Grant program, which supports “primarily patient and health care centered organizations and programs.” Grants decisions are made by the Board of Directors and applications are by invitation only.

Groups working within the foundation’s main geographic priority regions may also qualify for its Community Grant program. Grants out of this program range from $5,000 to $10,000 and applications are accepted from May 1 to June 1.


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