Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund: Grants for Boston

OVERVIEW: The Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund supports medical research, children and youth, and people with disabilities in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical research, children and youth, people with disabilities

IP TAKE: The HRiA website specifies everything that Boston grantseekers need to know about applying for a grant to assist children with disabilities.

PROFILE: Established in 1947, the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund is a private foundation in Massachusetts. Frank Noonan founded this fund in memory of his mother to “support innovative projects aimed at improving the quality of life for children and adolescents with physical and developmental disabilities.” Bank of America’s Massachusetts office serves as a trustee for the fund. However, its grant review process is administered externally by the Medical Foundation, which is a division of Health Resources in Action (HRiA). Grantmaking supports medical research, children and youth, and people with disabilities.

The Noonan Memorial Research Fund provides one-year and two-year grants to organizations that include community settings and local hospitals. It funds nonprofits and academic institutions that serve children with developmental and physical disabilities, as well as their health-related complications. The funder does not require a faculty position or an advanced degree as a prerequisite for funding. Also, the fund does not support basic science research, capital costs like building renovations or equipment, or direct services. This includes exclusions for primary prevention projects, primary medical conditions, and drug trials.

Foundation grants are typically $80,000 for one-year awards and $160,000 for two-year awards. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining the reference documents containing past award recipients on the HRiA website. Grantmaking exclusively focuses on the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts. Past grantees include Dr. Ahmed Zubair, Dr. Ilhom Akobirshoev, and Dr. Marji Erickson Warfield, among numerous others.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is typically in March of each year. See the HRiA for the most current due date information. Grantseekers must use the HRiA online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to Jeanne Brown, program officer for the Medical Foundation at or 617-279-2255.


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