OVERVIEW: The GE Foundation’s public health grants focus on increasing and improving access to healthcare, particularly in underserved communities across the United States.
IP TAKE: The GE Foundation isn’t the most accessible funder, but grantseekers whose work closely aligns with foundation goals should reach out to staff members. GE grants are often pretty substantial.
PROFILE: The GE Foundation “strives to make our communities stronger all over the United States.” Its Developing Health U.S. grantmaking program works toward that goal with grants to organizations that increase access to healthcare and strengthen healthcare systems, particularly for underserved populations around the country.
The foundation takes a multipronged approach to its public health grantmaking, which includes expanding access to specialty care, increasing capacity of primary care physicians, and supporting community health centers.
GE Foundation grants are substantial, anywhere from $50,000 up to over $5 million. The majority of health grants are $100,000 to $500,000.
In certain cities, GE awards grants targeting specific diseases. For example, in Miami, it’s taking aim at diabetes and in Chicago it's cardiovascular disease.
The GE Foundation will accept unsolicited requests for funding, however, it discourages such submissions. According to the website, its capacity to review such proposals is “extremely limited.”
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