Lalor Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Lalor Foundation focuses its public health grantmaking on young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health information, including impartial information about contraception and pregnancy termination.

IP TAKE: This funder shows a bit of a tendency to support larger national reproductive health organizations. However, small grassroots and local groups have received grants as well, though not as often and on a comparatively smaller scale.

PROFILE: Anna Lalor Burdick spent much of her life advocating for the rights of women and girls, beginning in the 1930s. The Lalor Foundation’s grantmaking follows much of Anna Lalor Burdick’s lead, with much of its giving revolving around women and girls. The main focus for Lalor is on empowering women “through education about health reproduction in order to enhance their life options.”

In this regard, the foundation’s grantmaking zeroes in on young women and providing them with adequate access to sexual and reproductive health information, including comprehensive and unbiased information about contraception and pregnancy termination. The foundation notes that it is particularly interested in backing programs benefiting marginalized young women including those affected by poverty, discrimination, and geographic isolation.

Grants are awarded out of the foundation’s Anna Lalor Burdick Grants Program and range from $10,000 to $35,000 with most, according to the foundation’s website, coming in at the $15,000 to $25,000 range. To learn more about the types of organizations supported through the Anna Lalor Burdick Grants Program, explore the foundation’s Past Grantees page.

Lalor does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking, but does require that organization must be based in the U.S to be eligible for funding. The foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding via the submission of a concept paper. Concept applications must be received by November 1 to be eligible for consideration at the board’s December meeting and May 1 to be considered for eligibility for the board’s June meeting.

While current grantees are invited to reapply for funding, the Lalor Foundation does not give multiyear grants from the outset. In other words, grants are awarded for one year and those seeking funding for additional years must reapply. Finally, the Lalor Foundation’s grantmaking is managed through the philanthropic services company, GMA Foundations.

The foundation also offers a postdoctoral fellowship program for junior researchers studying reproductive biology and fertility regulation.


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