Verizon Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation’s healthcare program focuses on the application of technology to address important matters in healthcare and domestic violence prevention. 

IP TAKE: Verizon is worth considering if your expertise lies in the aforementioned specialty areas. But this corporate funder's awards are pretty modest, so grantseekers shouldn’t expect to receive a significant amount of support.

PROFILE: The Verizon Foundation’s key focus is the application of technology toward the elimination of healthcare disparities, promotion of quality healthcare, and the improvement of chronic disease outcomes.

The foundation is particularly keen on supporting health and healthcare programs that benefit children, women, and seniors.  Domestic violence prevention, awareness, victim support, and education are other significant areas of interest for Verizon.

This is a relevant funder for nonprofits whose expertise lies within Verizon’s areas of interest: applying technology to one or more of the health issues outlined earlier and/or domestic violence prevention. But bear in mind that grants are small, and as such shouldn’t be relied upon to fund major projects. 

Grants range from about $5,000 to $25,000. Verizon reviews online applications every year from January to October, and funding decisions are made within 90 days. In addition, it makes some sample applications available on its website so you can get an idea of what is required, without the need to set up an account.

However, applications are by invitation only. If you are considering Verizon as a potential funder, you will need to contact your local Verizon Community Relations Manager to proceed further. 

PEOPLE: 

  • Rose Stuckey Kirk, President
  • Jennifer Parish, Senior Program Manager, Healthcare and Aging 
  • Michelle Joseph, Manger, Education and Healthcare 

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