Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation's Childhood Health and Wellness program awards grants to organizations working in the United States as well as other countries throughout the world. 

IP TAKE: While Dell accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, its disease related grants are relatively difficult to come by. Not only will grantseekers be met with a good deal of competition here, but will also have to overcome the foundation’s general practice of giving Texas based organizations priority. Medical research outfits need to look elsewhere, as Dell doesn't typically fund research work.

PROFILE:  Here’s the thing about the Dell Foundation—although it does award grants nationwide, it’s located in Austin, Texas, so many of its grants are awarded to organizations in that city. Second to Austin comes the general area of Central Texas. After those Texas-focused grants are awarded, Dell will move on to other U.S.-based organizations.

The Dell Foundation awards grants associated with childhood health and chronic disease through its Childhood Health and Wellness Program. Their goal is to "improve the health and wellness of all children by increasing access to healthy opportunities while building demand for healthy options." Recent grants have focused on treatment and medical services, though in previous years the foundation has given to the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the American Heart Association, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Deworm the World. The foundation was also the major supporter of the creation of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Recent grants have ranged from $1,000 to over $1 million.

The foundation accepted unsolicited proposals year round here, where you can also check your organization's eligibility. Information about recent past grantees can be found here.

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