Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation supports organizations that improve the well-being and quality of life for children, adults, the elderly and people who are physically challenged.

IP TAKE: Allegretti is a good resource for smaller, community-based outfits. Since groups that have received a grant from the foundation in the past 12 months are ineligible to apply, it’s also a good resource for newbies as well.

PROFILE: The Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation has a pretty broad mission: improving the “lives, minds, health, and well-being of children, adults, the elderly, animals, and those physically challenged.” They say the goal of their grantmaking is to improve the quality of life and dignity of its targeted beneficiary populations.

Since its mission is fairly broad, it can be difficult for grantseekers to nail down exactly the types of groups this foundation prefers to support. However, recent tax filings show a pattern of giving to community-based public health initiatives and organizations--for example, local food banks and community centers that offer services that help the foundation’s primary beneficiary populations.  

Allegretti is a small family funder that makes modest grants, typically from $5,000 to $20,000. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted from November to May and full grant applications are accepted from November to July. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantees. And while grant amounts are relatively modest, Allegretti does award a decent number of them each year.


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