W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's public health-related giving revolves around food security and the overall health and well-being of children, as well as studying health disparities, especially in its "priority places," and closing those disparity gaps.

IP TAKE: Don’t approach Kellogg if your public health work is not substantially related to improving the lives of impoverished children. Also, Kellogg has an open application process, so grantseekers should expect a great deal of competition for funds, here.

PROFILE: W.K. Kellogg Foundation awards grants to organizations working many angles in healthcare. These areas include, but are not limited to, the promotion of breastfeeding, the reduction of infant mortality in traditionally underserved communities, the promotion and provision of oral health care for vulnerable children, and addressing health disparities in low-income neighborhoods.

Kellogg does not have a program dedicated to health and policy access. Grantseekers should plan on exploring the foundation's existing programs to determine where their work best fits within the foundation's grantmaking.

Kellogg’s public health related grants are awarded through its Healthy Kids, Secure Families, Community & Civic Engagement, and Racial Equity programs. Regardless of the specific grantmaking program, all of Kellogg’s public health-related grants have one main concern: the health and well-being of young children. As the foundation states, "We intentionally place vulnerable children and their families at the center of everything we do and we want the organizations and policies we support to surround them with integrated programs that address the comprehensive needs of children, their families and communities."

Kellogg's grantmaking priority areas include Mississippi, Michigan, Mexico, New Orleans, New Mexico and Haiti. Grants range from $2,000 to upwards of $4 million—certainly a large spread, but averaging out the number of grants within the total grant amount, we find that the average grant is around $500,000. Which is a pretty good sum.

To learn more about the types of organizations the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports, explore its excellent grants database.

The foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year through its online application system. It does not have submission deadlines.

PEOPLE: 

  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO 
  • Carla Thompson, Vice President, Program Strategy
  • Patrick Simpson, Director, Food, Health & Well-being

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