Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation’s public health grantmaking focuses on protecting and expanding access to reproductive health services and information.

IP TAKE: Noyes prefers to support grassroots and local sexual health and reproductive rights groups, making it a good resource for local and community-based organizations.

PROFILE: Founded in 1947 by Charles Noyes, the New York-based Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation seeks to “open channels of opportunities for those who are systematically denied.” In the public health space, the foundation backs efforts to protect and expand access to reproductive health services and information for all girls and women.

The Noyes Foundation aims to expand state-level reproductive rights agendas to ensure that marginalized populations are engaged in the advocacy and protection of their reproductive rights. This includes young people, low-income populations, people of color, and immigrant populations.

Grant awards typically range from around $20,000 to $50,000. And while reproductive rights are the main focus of the foundation’s public health grantmaking, it also supports related matters such as violence against women. It should also be noted that Noyes does not fund NARAL Pro-Choice America or Planned Parenthood affiliates.

To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, explore its current grants list.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its website or through the mail. Applicants need to look over its funding quiz to ensure eligibility. Final grant decisions are made by the Board, which meets three times a year, in the spring, summer, and fall.


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