Omron Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Omron Foundation awards public health related grants for basic needs.

IP TAKE: This funder’s grants for basic needs supports organizations located in Illinois, Michigan, Texas and California.

PROFILE: The OMRON Foundation Inc. (OFI) was established in 1989 as the charitable arm of OMRON Global, a manufacturer of control equipment, factory automation systems, electronic components, automotive electronics, ticket vending machines and medical equipment. A portion of sales profits contributed from the company’s subsidiaries in North America fund the foundation. The foundation’s invests in “[s]ocial betterment organizations” through its grantmaking programs which include Disaster Relief, Disabilities, Education, Basic Needs, Health and Japanese Culture.

Omron’s Health grantmaking broadly supports organizations serving low-income communities by providing basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. OFI also likes to support local organizations that collaborate with other community based groups.

Grant amounts are typically modest, often ranging anywhere from $100 to $40,000. In the past, public health grants have been awarded to organizations such as Students Against Violence Everywhere and Women in Need Getting Stronger.

OFI accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. The foundation only accepts LOIs via email.

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