OVERVIEW: The Child Health Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the prevention of pervasive childhood illnesses in developing and least developed countries.
IP TAKE: Child Health likes to fund innovative projects that promote children’s health and combat preventable illnesses such as diarrhea that affect millions of children annually.
PROFILE: The Child Health Foundation was established in 1985 to “prevent and treat life-threatening communicable diseases of infants and children in the United States and abroad.” The foundation is probably best known for operating its own programs, often in conjunction with global health partners such as Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, as well as the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research. However, the Child Health Foundation also runs a small grants program. The foundation seeks to “Improv[e] the lives of children in low-income settings across the globe by empowering local communities to creatively solve their most pressing child health challenges.”
The foundation’s Innovative Small Grants program awards grants of up to $5,000 to groups that improve the health and well-being of children in some of the world's most impoverished countries. While this amount may seem conservative to some, those working in developing and least developed countries regard $5,000 as a very large, and helpful, sum. The foundation also awards a few humanitarian and disaster response and relief grants each year.
Though the foundation’s highest priorities in grantmaking are subject to change, current funding areas include malnutrition, enteric diseases related to water and sanitation, and respiratory diseases. Child Health also awards grants beyond these fields, as long as an organization's work closely aligns with the foundation’s mission. The number of small grants awarded by Child Health depends on the amount of funds it raises during the year, so the total number of annual grants varies. Additionally, the foundation actively seeks out other sponsors on behalf of a few select small grants applicants that did not receive an award.
The foundation accepts letters of inquiry until around the end of August each year.
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