Hearst Foundations: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Hearst Foundations have a mission to “build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.” They seek to achieve this by supporting well-established nonprofit organizations that operate in the realms of culture, education, health and social service.

IP TAKE: This funder is committed to professional development of the "next generation" of researchers and health care professionals. It tends to prioritize cancer-related research, but not exclusively.

PROFILE: The Hearst Foundations, founded in 1945 and 1948, support nonprofits working "to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives," particularly those serving low-income populations. Though the two foundations operate “as one entity, sharing the same funding guidelines, leadership and staff,” the offices based in New York City and San Francisco independently review proposals based East and West of the Mississippi River, respectively. Their grantmaking supports Culture, Education, Health, and Social Services.

The Hearst Foundations’ Health program provides general support to “regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions,” and funds programs to “enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare.” Research grants are not a high priority, but are occasionally distributed. Past grantees for disease research include the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, and the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, CA, for its Early Phase Pediatric Cancer Program.

Grants range from $75,000 to $150,000. More information on recent grantmaking habits can found in Hearst’s grants database. Before beginning the open application process, be sure to review the relevant funding limitations and FAQ page.  

Hearst accepts applications year-round, though there is a mandatory waiting period for reapplying (one year if the application is declined, three years if approved).

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