​WestWind Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: WestWind focuses its public health grants on promoting, protecting, and advancing reproductive health and rights. The foundation dedicates a large portion of its funding to sex education programs across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to favor groups that it has worked with in the past, making it a bit difficult for newcomers to gain a foothold. That said, WestWind is on the lookout for organizations that have the capacity to have a significant impact on its target beneficiary populations.

PROFILE: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the WestWind Foundation is a small funder dedicated to combating climate change and “promoting the health of human communities.” In the public health arena, WestWind mainly focuses its grantmaking on sexual and reproductive health.

Its Reproductive Health and Rights program funds groups that promote, protect, and advance reproductive health and rights. The foundation allocates a large portion of this funding to sex education programs, as such, its target beneficiary populations are young and very young adolescents.

WestWind’s grants typically range from around $20,000 to $100,000. Grants are awarded to local, regional, and national groups. To learn more about the types of organizations the foundation supports, explore its Recent Grants webpage.

Note that the foundation also awards reproductive health and rights grants to international organizations. However, it says its related grants are typically split evenly between domestic and international groups.

WestWind does not currently accept letters of inquiry for its Reproductive and Health Rights program; grant proposals are made by invitation only.

PEOPLE:

  • Roxana Bonnell, Director
  • Kristen Miller, Program Consultant, Reproductive Health and Rights

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