OVERVIEW: The Lyda Hill Foundation takes a broad approach in science research, investing in projects that have the potential to drive significant advancement.
IP TAKE: Hill’s grants are, more often than not, large. As such, it tends to back larger scientific and medical research organizations.
PROFILE: Lyda Hill, founder of the Lyda Hill Foundation, is the granddaughter of oil magnate L.H. Hunt and is the founder and chairman of the private investment firm LH Holdings, Inc. Her foundation is committed to supporting “transformational advances in science and nature,” and its grantmaking is largely based on its founder’s strong belief that “science is the answer.” The foundation invests in four main areas: research, education, direct services, and systemic change.
Hill's grants go to innovative projects with the potential to advance scientific discovery. While Hill awards grants to organizations located all over the United States, it tends to favor Hill’s home state of Texas and Colorado in its giving.
The foundation does not award a large number of grants each year, but they are often substantial. It’s not unusual for awards to come in at high six- and seven-figures. Science research grant topics are fairly broad: awards have backed work in antibiotic resistance, genetic mutations, and cancers.
To learn more about the types of organizations Hill supports through its grantmaking, browse its Program Highlights in Science page.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding at this time.
- Nicole Small, President
- Frank Mackey, Vice President