The mission of The Lawrence Foundation is broad. The foundation says that its mission is to “support organizations that are working to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services and other issues.”
A family foundation established by Jeff Lawrence and his wife, Diane Troth, with cash accrued when Lawrence sold his Trillium Digital Systems to Intel, the website explains that the couple “feel it is important to give something back and support organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.”
Environmental issues come in first place, but attention is also paid to health causes (under that "human services" umbrella). Most of The Lawrence Foundation's health focus is on hunger and family stability, but two recent grants show it is also alert to needs for health access:
- $5,000 to Kids First Health Care (Commerce City, CO) "to improve health and well being of children through providing health services in partnership with schools and other community organizations";
- $5,000 to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (Denver, CO) "to provide reproductive health care, teach responsible sexuality education and protect a woman's right to choose."
Those $5,000 amounts are typical; the vast majority of the foundation's grants are given as that sum. The foundation’s application, which is fairly basic (it uses the Common Grant Application, which leadership of The Lawrence Foundation helped create) includes a standard request for goals/objectives/outcomes—a good strategy would be to communicate how a $5,000 grant would strongly support them for your health access organization or project. The foundation will give both general operating and program support, so there's flexibility here.
The Lawrence Foundation has no geographic restrictions on its giving, both domestically or internationally (so long as the international project is operated by a U.S. nonprofit)—the fact that both recent health access grants are for organizations in Colorado is happenstance.
The Lawrence Foundation’s grant application is open to all, and has two grant cycles each year, with deadlines in April and November.