Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s global health tend to focus on disease outbreaks and pandemics.

IP TAKE: This funder awards project-specific grants and does not award grants to support general operating costs. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on global health grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is “Empowered by Paul G. Allen’s Vision for a better world.” The nonprofit organization aims to “[c]hange the trajectory of people’s lives and strengthen communities through catalytic philanthropy that helps meet or energy needs and address the threat to climate change, promote biodiversity on land and in the seas, give young people access to immersive experiences in art and strengthen education, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological breakthroughs around the world. Grantmaking programs include Climate and Energy, Biodiversity, Science and Health and Communities.

The foundation’s Science and Health program “[t]ackles diverse issues—from emerging technology for life sciences to neural engineering to preventing pandemics.” According to tax filings, the foundation has supported organizations such as the World Health Organization, which received funding for its work research the persistence of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone disease survivors and the World Food Programme, which received a grant for its global supply chain for pandemic preparedness and response.

Though it is not unusual for the foundation to award multiple multi-million grants, most awards typically fall in the $50,000 to $500,000 range. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.


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