Sidgmore Family Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: Sidgmore’s disease-related grantmaking focuses on the fields of audiology and cardiology.

IP TAKE: Sidgmore looks for organizations that can demonstrate replicability as well as measurable and sustainable results for their work. This may make it difficult for groups conducting innovative or unproven work to gain funding.

PROFILE: The Sidgmore Family Foundation was established to honor the legacy of internet entrepreneur John Sidgmore, who passed away at the age of 52. Many may recall that it was Sidgmore who disclosed WorldCom’s multi-billion dollar accounting fraud scandal, regarded as one of the worst corporate crimes and largest bankruptcy filings in history. The foundation aims to “to find creative and innovative solutions so that people may achieve their full potential and become responsible, healthy and productive members of society.” Its four main areas of interest are education, medicine, entrepreneurship, and Washington DC.

Sidgmore’s disease funding has a “special emphasis on hearing and cardiology,” although the foundation occasionally awards grants related to diseases outside these fields. Sidgmore’s grantmaking heavily prioritizes research rather than direct health care. Past grantees include the Keck School of Medicine, for research into “problems associated with inner ear hair cell death and hearing loss,” St. Francis Hospital for a “specialty designated cardiac center,” and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for general program support.

Sidgmore Foundation grant amounts range from around $2,000 to $300,000, tending to favor organizations located in the metro D.C. area, including parts of Maryland and Virginia. However, the foundation does award some grants outside this region, typically to larger outfits. To learn more about the organizations receiving support from Sidgmore, explore its recent grant recipients

The Sidgmore Family Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, Sidgmore suggests the use of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Common Grant Application.


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