Quantum Foundation

OVERVIEW: This health legacy funder supports Palm Beach County nonprofits in the areas of health access, health education, and healthcare workforce. It awards small grants for basic needs and accepts unsolicited applications.

FUNDING AREAS: Health access, health education, healthcare workforce, basic needs

IP TAKE:  This health legacy funder is unique for its many $25,000-plus grants and its support of basic needs. New grant seekers will find it approachable and accessible.

PROFILE: The Quantum Foundation is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is the largest health funder in Palm Beach County. It seeks “to inspire and fund initiatives that improve the health of [its] communities.” All Quantum grants help local organizations. The legacy funder was established in 1995 with net proceeds from the sale of JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. Since the start of local grantmaking in 1997, the funder has made over $120 million in grants to more than 450 health initiatives.

Quantum's funding priorities include health care access, improving health education, and growing the healthcare workforce. Grants typically exceed $25,000 and support large Palm Beach County health projects. It accepts applications year-round. Quantum awards under-$25,000 grants for basic needs. Deadlines for these smaller grants have been posted in July. Basic needs grants support food, shelter, clothing, and transport in the county.

Only groups that serve Palm Beach County, Florida, are eligible for Quantum grants. The funder does not support health research, scholarships, endowments, or grants for religious or political purposes. Capacity building is an increasingly important part of Quantum’s funding strategy, and the foundation provides one-on-one consultations, business training, educational convenings, consulting services, and free training workshops for local groups.

The application process for both small and large grants is completely online and starts with the submission of a letter of inquiry. LOI deadlines for regular grants typically fall in December, March, June, and August. Full proposal submission is invitation-only, and those are due in January, April, July, and September. All full proposals are reviewed by the staff, a grants committee, and finally the board of trustees. This review process takes between three and six months.

The foundation has a community room available that can accommodate up to 40 people and is free for use by local nonprofits. The foundation also has funds available for event sponsorships, such as health fairs.

Eric M. Kelly is the president of the foundation, Shannon Hawkins is a senior program officer, and Nate Cousineau is a program officer as well. Direct general questions to (561) 832-7497. The address is 2701 North Australian Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407. Keep up with recent foundation news here.


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