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 isn’t necessarily a monster grant maker, but it’s highly accessible. Plus, grant support from a highly recognized name like St. Jude can open a lot of funding doors.

PROFILE: The St. Jude Medical Foundation supports medical research and training programs. This is pretty evident in its past grant making to large research institutions and hospitals. For community-based organizations, St. Jude will write a grant check for those who are working with individuals suffering from chronic heart and pain conditions. 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 in support of community outreach, research studies, K-12 education, and for general operating support.

St. Jude tends to award grants to large medical institutions like the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the University of Minnesota Foundation. However, the Foundation does support a number of small community organizations and plays favorites to organizations in California, D.C., Minnesota and Massachusetts. What’s interesting is that a grantseeking organization’s work doesn't necessarily have to be medically related: St. Jude will award grants for human services and civic activities as well as cultural programs, as long as the individuals these organizations are serving are chronic heart and pain condition sufferers. So, for example, if your organizations wants to implement a therapeutic art program for chronic pain sufferers, St. Jude would be open to awarding you a grant. Most of these grants range from $2,000 to $30,000, but some are much higher.

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 accepts unsolicited grant applications on an ongoing basis via its website. The Foundation does request that grantseekers complete their applications at least 60 days before they need the funds.

PEOPLE: 

  • Rachel H. Ellingson, President
  • John C. Heinmiller, Vice President
  • Donald Zurbay, Vice President 

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