Avon Foundation for Women: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: This funder supports breast cancer causes related to access to care, education, screening, and scientific research. Many grants are $100,000 to $150,000.

IP TAKE:  Pay attention to your geographic area in terms of deadlines, but nonprofits and researchers across the U.S. are considered for breast cancer grants. Check out the application tutorials and forms on the website to get a sense of what Avon is looking for.

PROFILE: The Avon Foundation for Women was established in 1955 and has always focused its efforts on promoting scientific, educational and humanitarian activities. Breast cancer is this funder’s top priority and the focus of our disease profile. Avon also supports domestic violence prevention and aid causes, as well as some emergency relief efforts.

The Avon Foundation established Avon’s Global Breast Cancer Crusade in 1992 and gave over $815 million to breast cancer-related programs around the world through 2015. This is the largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy dedicated to women’s causes in the world, and it has donated over $957 million to these causes since its inception.

There are a couple of different ways that Avon funds the fight against breast cancer. It provides support to access-to-care safety-net programs for the medically underserved, outreach programs for education and screening, and scientific research to find treatment and a cure. The safety net program funds public and community hospitals and healthcare systems that provide breast care to low-income, at-risk, and uninsured women. Avon serves five distinct geographic regions, and each has its own set of application deadlines: Chicago/Houston/D.C.; Boston/San Francisco; Los Angeles/Santa Barbara; New York City, and a national pool with all other cities in the U.S. Applicants may request up to $100,000.

The foundation’s outreach program aims to connect women with education materials, screening services and follow-up care. Questions about this program can be directed to the staff at 212-244-5368 or via email.

Research grants go toward understanding the causes of breast cancer, prevention techniques and developing new tests and treatments. The geographic regions are defined the same as above. Grantseekers can request up to $150,000 per year for up to two years. Avon funding is not used to pay for studies involving animals.

Nonprofits can apply for grants through an online submission system, and links to the applications and letters of intent are located on the foundation website. Grantees are chosen by an external scientific advisory board who recommend potential recipients to the foundation’s board of directors. No international groups are considered for grants; however, all 50 states are eligible for support. This funder does not support causes for diseases other than breast cancer. You can review past grantees in the grantee database by state and year. General inquiries can be directed to the staff at 866-505-AVON or by email.

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