Drug Maker’s Foundation Favors Health, STEM Education Projects

Funder: Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (formerly The Bristol-Myers Fund); Opportunity: Community grants; Funding Focus: Mental health, K-12 science education, veterans and diabetes prevention; Geographic Focus: National (where the company has a presence); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: Grants support the reduction of health disparities by strengthening community-based healthcare as well as improvements in K-12 education. Grants support programs that address the mental health needs of returning veterans, as well.

Other community grants focus areas include:

  • Addressing unmet medical needs.
  • Helping people in need.
  • Improving the quality of science, technology and mathematics education in local schools.

A $10,000 grant to the Alliance for Children and Families, Milwaukee went for general support and a recent grant to Melmark New England, Andover, MA, supported a special education program for autistic children. Another grant, to the Lawrence Township Education Foundation in New Jersey, purchased lab equipment and supplies for a new biology curriculum.

Priority is given programs that have a direct impact on communities rather than fundraising galas and other requests for general assistance. Start with the foundation’s contribution guidelines to ensure your organization meets the foundation’s eligibility requirements. Allow at least six to eight weeks for the processing of the completed funding application. Funding requests submitted without complete information may be rejected; Go to the successful projects page at https://goo.gl/emk4J1   

Info: https://goo.gl/aw4HLb; 212/546-4000; John Damonti, president, bms.foundation@bms.com

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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