Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards health-related grants via its Patient Care Program, which strives to make patient and family engagement a reality within the U.S. healthcare system.

IP TAKE:  If you are a university/research-oriented organization focusing on patient engagement, quality improvement, relational approaches to healthcare, or quality of nursing care, the Moore Foundation should be on your list of would-be funders. However, this foundation tends to make a small number of sizeable grants and typically invests in projects with clearly identified and measurable outcomes.

PROFILE: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s health grants are awarded via the Patient Care Program, which is striving to create a “health care system that is so finely tuned it can eliminate preventable harms, cut health care costs and give patients and families the voice and care they deserve.”

The foundation promotes patient care through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis and through its initiatives focusing on patient safety and care for serious illnesses. The foundation is especially interested in reducing preventable medical errors in ICUs and in exploring ways to deliver community-based care for people with serious illnesses, especially those 65 and older. These initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with major medical research institutions. The foundation also funds occasional special projects, usually in the form of support for individual researchers working on some aspect of patient care.

The majority of Patient Care grants start in the six-figures and go up from there. To learn more about the types of organizations and projects the Moore Foundation funds, browse through its searchable Grants List.

If your project idea fits into a relevant area of focus (e.g. patient engagement, quality improvement, relational approaches to health care, quality of nursing care) this foundation is a potential source of solid funding. However, note that many of its grants are awarded to universities and other research-oriented establishments, so it’s likely that these are its priority organizations. Also, unsolicited applications are not accepted; the foundation proactively seeks out its potential grantees. As such, your best bet in getting a foot in the door is to network with foundation staff, and ensure that they are aware of your work.


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