Saxena Family Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: The Saxena Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on STEM education and empowering women in the United States and India.

IP TAKE: Although this funder occasionally awards grants to support general operating costs, it prefers to dedicate its funding to specific projects.

PROFILE: Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Saxena Family Foundation was founded in 2000 and is “[c]omitted to improving the quality of life of women, children and senior citizens,” in regions of the United States in which Saxena family members live. The foundation’s current grantmaking priorities (STEM) education and empowering girls, children and young women with a focus on equal rights.

The foundation broadly supports STEM education projects, but does not name specifics in order to attract a wide array of proposals. Saxena’s grantmaking related to women and girls’ empowerment supports organizations that “[e]nable women to achieve greater economic clout.” According to the foundation, supporting such activities allows women to “[l]obby for social change, from which flows political and legal change.” Areas of focus for this program include economic, educational and political empowerment.

The Saxena Foundation awards single year grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, which received funding for its academic programs in engineering, science and commerce, as well as, Michigan State University to support an endowed professorship in Responsible Artificial Intelligence. To learn more about a select few Saxena Foundation grantees, explore its Initiatives page.

The Saxena Family Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding on a rolling basis throughout the year. Current grantees may apply for funding after their initial grant period expires and must do so by submitting a renewal application.

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