St. Jude Medical Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: The St. Jude Medical Foundation supports organizations working with individuals suffering from chronic cardiac conditions and chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.

IP TAKE: St. Jude is highly accessible and its competitive grants can open other funding opportunities through other organizations. It’s website is being redesigned, which will reflect evolving funding areas.

PROFILE: The St. Jude Medical Foundation supports medical research and training programs. The foundation focuses on health awareness, advancing the state of medical knowledge, and enhancing communities, all with specific reference to cardiac health and chronic pain treatment. To that end, it accepts funding requests to community outreach, research studies, K-12 education, and for general operating support. St. Jude Medical, the company behind the foundation, also offers funding directly in the form of training grants for researchers and healthcare professionals and 'healthy community grants' to educate patients and the public.

St. Jude grants range from $2,000 to $30,000, but some are much higher. Its grantmaking tends to prioritize large research institutions and hospitals. For community-based organizations, St. Jude will write a grant check for those who working with individuals suffering from chronic heart and pain conditions. Past grantees include the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, the University of Minnesota Foundation, ad smaller organizations in California, D.C., Minnesota and Massachusetts.

While its foundation updates its website, St. Jude doe not accept unsolicited grant applications on an ongoing basis via its website, but that may change in the near future. The Foundation requests that grantseekers complete their applications at least 60 days before they need the funds.

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