Foster Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Foster Foundation’s disease-related grantmaking is diverse. In the past, it has supported biomedical, cancer, and HIV/AIDS research efforts, as well as treatment centers and hospitals.

IP TAKE: Foster no longer accepts unsolicited requests for funding, but appears to be open to a variety of disease work, including research and treatment. Grantseekers should note that grants are generally restricted to organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

PROFILE: Established in 1984 by stock broker Albert Foster, the Foster Foundation works to “provide an ongoing avenue of support for the people and communities of the Pacific Northwest.” It broadly supports organizations that work in its four focus areas of Social Services/Human Welfare, Education, Medical Research, and Community Engagement.

Foster’s Medical, Research, Treatment & Care grantmaking program offers grants for promising research to help the medical community develop a better “understanding, treatment, and prevention of diseases.” The foundation does not name specific diseases of focus aside from HIV/AIDS research and education. Its disease-related grantmaking is diverse and has gone to biomedical, cancer, and HIV/AIDS research efforts. Note that Foster also awards grants to medical and health organizations offering treatment and care, such as hospitals and clinics.

Foster’s grant amounts are modest, typically $10,000 to $20,000, and are awarded for one year. The foundation does not often award multiyear grants. Foster generally limits its grantmaking to the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Organizations outside the Pacific Northwest may also be considered for funding on a case by case basis, but their work must benefit Pacific Northwest states.

The Foster Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseeking organizations can get in contact with the foundation by completing an Organization Information Form.


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