Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation’s public health grantmaking is rather broad. In the past, it has supported projects that address domestic violence, healthy living, access to healthcare, and emergency shelter organizations.

IP TAKE: This is a good funding resource for local organizations that work to make their communities healthier and safer places to live. Grantseekers should keep in mind that Cabot does not want to be the sole financial supporter of any project.

PROFILE: Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation was founded in 1992. Since then, the foundation has focused on awarding grants to organizations that work towards the “benefit of mankind.” Its past public-health giving is rather broad and has gone to support domestic violence, healthy living, access to healthcare, and emergency shelter organizations.

One of four funding programs, Cabot often awards public-health grants through its Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation program, which boasts four key priority areas: Culture and Humanities, Education and Youth, Conservation and Environment, and Health and Human Services. Cabot undertakes public health giving through its Health and Human Services category. However, sometimes Cabot also makes grants through its Conservation and Environment category.  

Cabot grants vary widely, from $2,500 to over $40,000. Most grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Cabot tends to award public health grants to small and grassroots organizations that service local communities and neighborhoods. This funder rarely funds larger national organizations in this space. To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, explore its latest annual report.

Cabot does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Groups invited to apply for a grant must have the obtained support from a Cabot family member before the application is officially accepted.


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