Grainger Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: Grainger’s disease grantmaking is diverse. The foundation tends to back local chapters of large national organizations, but leaves room for smaller local groups as well.

IP TAKE: Grainger’s grantmaking is made via recommendation. With a large number of locations around the country, it shouldn’t be too difficult for grantseekers to get in touch with the right people.

PROFILE: The Grainger Foundation is the charitable arm of the industrial supply company of the same name. The foundation awards grants in regions where it has an operational and employee presence, which includes every state in the U.S., and Puerto Rico.

Grainger’s Community Grant Program supports a wide variety of groups working in health and human services. However, the foundation’s latest tax filings show a big chunk of its disease-related grants going to local chapters of national organizations, such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Alzheimer’s Association. Still, this funder does back a decent number of local disease groups.

Overall, Grainger’s disease grantmaking is diverse, backing organizations in cancer, autism, behavioral health, blindness, and Down syndrome, just to name a few.

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000 and are awarded based on recommendations received by foundation staff. They don't accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Gloria Sinclair, Vice President
  • Bill Hayden, Vice President

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