Elmo Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Elmo Foundation makes both broad-based and program-specific grants related to global health. It also supports water, sanitation and hygiene projects in developing countries.

IP TAKE: Elmo maintains a low profile, but grant seekers should not be deterred. 

PROFILE: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Elmo Foundation has existed since the mid-2000s. Since it does not maintain a public profile or website, it remains off the radar of most global health grant seekers. However, Elmo supports several health projects in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, Elmo has increased its global health grantmaking in the past few years by offering funding to more organizations. It has also increased the size of individual grant amounts.

The foundation does not appear to impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. In the past, it has supported global health groups such as Possible, Jacaranda, and Last Mile Health. However, its tax filings reveal an emphasis on projects in Africa and Haiti.

Grant amounts range between $10,000 and $30,000, and are focused on specific concerns. For instance, maternal health has received funding, as well as broad based activities, such as the provision of medical care and supplies.

The Elmo Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. While the foundation considers long-term relationships evidenced by its multiyear support of groups like Partners in Health and H2O for Life, new global health organizations also receive funding each year.


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