Marcus Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Marcus Foundation focuses its public health-related funding on food insecurity and systematic challenges associated with hunger.

IP TAKE: This funder is a good resource for smaller community organizations focused on food security.

PROFILE: The Marcus Foundation was established in 2009 when it became a separate entity of the Grace and Alan Marcus Foundation. In 2012, the foundation evaluated its giving priorities, and decided to focus on environmental sustainability and food security. Marcus approaches food security in two ways. First, it awards grants to groups that help to meet the “short-term critical needs” of their local communities. Second, the foundation supports organizations that address the systematic challenges related to hunger. Indeed, Marcus believes "[s]ustainability is both a principle and a practice that obliges us to carefully consider the consequences of today's actions on the future."

This is a small family foundation that awards modest sized grants. Most grant range between $1,000 and $20,000. In general, the foundation awards about 10 to 20 grants per year. Most grants support smaller and local organizations, such as food banks and community garden groups. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the Marcus Foundation, explore its recent grants list. 

In addition, Marcus also offers its grantees help from its foundation officers as needed. The foundation also collaborates with other funding organizations to help make their resources available to grantees. The foundation does not, however, accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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