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: The bulk of this funder’s grants in this space go to 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.” It does not name specific areas of grantmaking, but takes a broad approach to its investments. 

Armstrong World Industries awards grants to organizations that “operate in communities where AWI employees live and work,” are “dedicated to elevating the importance of design and buildings in people’s lives,” are “renovating the buildings where they operate to improve their spaces and therefore the quality of service they provide,” or “focus on those who are most in need, particularly under-served children and early childhood education.” Grantseekers must meet at least two of those criteria. 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 $1,000 to $375,000. AWI primarily serves groups located or operating in areas where it has a business presence, including Lancaster, PA, Macon, GA, Pensacola, FL, Hilliard, OH, St. Helens, OR, and Millwood, VA.

The Armstrong World Industries Foundation conducts its grantmaking by invitation only and does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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