David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation does not have a specific public health grantmaking program. However, its giving priorities demonstrate strong connections to the health and well-being of its target populations as a whole.

IP TAKE: Packard supports groups that work toward meaningful and sustainable change, rather than short-term or one-off projects.

PROFILE: For decades, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has been dedicated to “improving the lives of children, families, and communities.” While the foundation does not have a specific public health grantmaking program, it does award related grants through its Population and Reproductive Health, Children, Families, and Communities, and Local grantmaking programs. Each of these programs target health and well-being in ways that are closely connected with the overall health of its target populations.  

For example, the Children, Families, and Communities program has a heavy focus on health and education. And the Population and Reproductive health rights program is dedicated to matters such as access to reproductive health information and services associated with comprehensive sex education, family planning, and safe abortion care.

Packard is among the largest foundations (by asset size) in the United States. Unsurprisingly, its grants are substantial, often starting at $100,000 and going up from there.

A slight diversion from the norm, here, is its Local program giving, which includes plenty of awards in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. But make no mistake, the foundation awards a good number of six-figure grants through this program, as well. Local grants are available to organizations working in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties in California and Pueblo County, Colorado. To learn more about Packard Foundation grantees, explore its excellent Grants Database.

With the exception of its local program, Packard does not accept unsolicited grant applications. However, it does accept unsolicited letters of inquiry for its Local Grants program.

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