One way to find funding opportunities for diabetes grants is by searching the Internet and type in “diabetes grants” in the search field. By clicking on the links, you’ll quickly go to the foundation, corporate, state and federal funding websites that offer information on diabetes grants.
The lead federal agency that provides diabetes grants is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One of the best sources to learn about all kinds of federal grants is www.grants.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the managing partner for the Grants.gov Program, an E-Government initiative focused on improving access to government services via the Internet. There are 26 federal grant-making agencies listed on this website with hyperlinks to numerous opportunities for grants. Applications to apply for diabetes grants are often available on line.
State government agencies also award diabetes grants. Go to your official state website and look for “funding opportunities.” If there is no such link, then go to specific agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, within your state government to see what grant opportunities might be available.
The Foundation Directory Online provides access to a vast database of private and corporate foundations for as little as $19.95 per month at http://fdncenter.org. Enter your state into the geographic focus search field to retrieve all U.S. foundations that make grants in your state and enter “diabetes”, “diabetes research”, and “health care” in the field of interest to retrieve all U.S. foundations that may give diabetes grants. Additional research is required to narrow the possibilities to those foundations most interested in giving diabetes grants in your geographic area. A recent search on the Foundation Directory Online produced a list of 163 foundations in the U.S. that give diabetes grants. The top five foundations interested in diabetes are:
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Princeton, New Jersey
- Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Eli Lilly and Company Foundation – Indianapolis, Indiana
- Oberkotter Foundation – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Commonwealth Fund – New York, New York
Information regarding foundations and nonprofit organizations is also available at www.guidestar.org. Much of the information on this website is free, but you do have to log in to access the information. Guidestar has information that helps nonprofit organizations identify foundations interested in their cause and also helps foundations and philanthropists identify nonprofit organizations they would like to fund. All nonprofit organizations that complete a 990 form are listed on Guidestar’s website. Nonprofit organizations should update their profiles regularly to increase chances of having foundations and philanthropists choose them for funding.
U.S.G.G. Grant Writing Workshops include training on how to find additional funding opportunities for diabetes grants, as well as how to write successful diabetes grant proposals. In addition, a workbook full of funding resources is provided to all participants. U.S.G.G. trainers conduct research for each participant prior to the workshop so that they receive 10-100 potential funders for their specific field of interest. Beverly Santicola, lead trainer for U.S.G.G., has a strong interest in diabetes grants as her nephew has the disease.