Lawrence Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Lawrence Foundation awards grants to groups working in global poverty alleviation and healthcare. On a smaller scale, the foundation awards disaster relief grants.

IP TAKE: Over the past few years, the foundation has moved toward multi-year programmatic and operating support, which makes it a good resource for organizations in need of relatively modest funding for more than one year.

PROFILE: Established in the mid-2000s and based in Santa Monica, California, the Lawrence Foundation seeks to address “pressing environmental, educational, human services, and other issues.” While details are sparse, the foundation tends to focus on poverty alleviation and healthcare in the global development space. 

Related grants are typically awarded through the foundation’s human services area, and nearly always come in at around $5,000. Grantseekers should note that the Lawrence Foundation usually makes less than five grants a year dedicated to global poverty alleviation and health matters. Unfortunately, most of the few grants tend to support larger organizations like World Vision, Doctors Without Borders and Care USA. Although it awards a majority of its grants to to large international organizations, a few small organizations appear on the foundation's annual tax filings. On a smaller scale, Lawrence awards grants to U.S.-based organizations that respond to disasters around the world.

The foundation does not geographically limit its global grants and makes awards for both operating and programmatic support. Grants are awarded twice per year with applications due by April 30 for the June grant cycle and November 1 for the December grant cycle.

The Lawrence Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications. Interested parties must register with the foundation prior to submitting an application.

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