American Medical Association Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The American Medical Association Foundation awards public health grants to help young people establish healthy behaviors and to physician-led free clinics that improve access to quality affordable health care for low-income communities.

IP TAKE: This foundation is very much community oriented in its grantmaking. That, coupled with the fact that it accepts unsolicited grant proposals, makes AMA an ideal resource for local community health outfits.

PROFILE: The American Medical Association Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA Foundation revamped its strategic plan, calling for an expansion of its public health programming.

The AMA Foundation has been around since 1950, so it’s witnessed a number of public health trends over the decades. The foundation says it is committed to improving public health across the country by increasing its support in a variety of areas, including “grants to free clinics, health education projects, and health literacy tools.”


Its Healthy Living Grant Program focuses grantmaking on organizations that help young people establish healthy behaviors. The foundation awards grants to help community-based organizations develop projects focusing on prescription drug safety education. Grant applications are due in December, and should be emailed to the foundation.

The foundation also provides seed grants for medical research on cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, and pancreatic cancer (up to $2,500) and neoplastic disease (up to $5,000).


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