Boston Scientific Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: This funder supports disease prevention and awareness programs in four U.S. geographic regions, with a focus on noncommunicable diseases. It typically provides one-year program support.

IP TAKE: Focus your proposal on prevention and awareness, regardless of what type of disease organization you’re affiliated with. Pitch a one-year program that targets prevention of a widespread disease for a low-income community.

PROFILE: Boston Scientific is a medical device and technology company whose products are used to diagnose and treat many types of diseases and conditions involving the cardiac, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health and chronic pain conditions. The Boston Scientific Foundation takes a broad approach to grantmaking by contributing to clinics, schools and neighborhoods across the United States. The foundation’s goals include expanding access to quality healthcare as well as educational opportunities for underserved populations.

This funder's support typically involves disease prevention and awareness. Many of these efforts are grassroots programs at the local level. For example, BSF has provided funding to Harvard Medical School’s Family Van in Boston, which provides free preventative health services. BSF promotes prevention advocacy linking communities with healthcare providers and social services. Self-management of chronic disease and associated risk factors are concerns of this funder, and it often strives to meet these needs with access-to-care programs.

The foundation was established in 2002, and contributed over $32 million in its first 13 years. BSF grantmaking reaches people of all ages, with a U.S. focus. The foundation is particularly interested in grant proposals for diagnostic, prevention and treatment services for non-communicable diseases. All proposals should address the needs of underserved and economically disadvantaged populations.

These are the geographic regions that BSF supports. Organizations should be within 30 miles of one of these regions to be eligible for funding:

  • Spencer, Indiana
  • Greater Boston, Marlborough, Natick, or Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Fremont, San Jose and Valencia, California

This funder typically provides program support and does not consider requests for general operating support, event-based fundraising, medical research or continuing medical education. BSF does not award multi-year grants, and the size of grants can vary greatly, from $5,000 to $75,000 in recent years. Grantseekers must apply for grants online. Health grant applications are accepted between January 1 and April 1, with results announced in July or August.

The small foundation staff is based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, but there also community teams that work in regions where BS offices are located. Grant recommendations are made by the employee community teams. General inquiries can be directed here, and the foundation administrator can be reached here.


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