Now that you have decided to organize a medical mission, you have to fund the program. Grant funding is available to nonprofit organizations going on a medical mission. The application process varies among foundations, but typically, the first contact is via letter explaining about the mission and the need.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation provides grants for medical missions serving the needs of people with HIV or AIDS. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. To apply begin by sending a letter to the foundation. AIDS Healthcare Foundation 6255 Sunset Blvd., 21st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90028-7422 (323) 860-5200 http://www.aidshealth.org
The AMB Foundation gives grants for programs serving the medical needs with a special emphasis on South America. The application process begins with a letter describing the area you wish to serve and the services you will provide. Grants range from $2,000 to $11,000. AMB Foundation P.O. Box 94717 Phoenix, AZ 85070-4717
Amgen Foundation, Inc.
The Amgen Foundation, Inc. provides funding for medical missions serving the health care needs of people in Europe. To apply for grants ranging from $9,000 to $100,000, send complete details about your program and the area it will serve. Amgen Foundation, Inc. 1 Amgen Center Dr., M.S. 28-1-B Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-1799 (805) 447-4056 http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/foundation.html
J. Homer Butler Foundation
The J. Homer Butler Foundation awards grant funding to religious-based organizations seeking funding for medical missions to Central America, South America, and Africa. Funding ranges from $3,000 to $25,000. To apply, send a letter describing your program and the services you will provide. J. Homer Butler Foundation 30 W. 16th St. New York, NY 10011-6302 (718) 442-5088
International Medical Corps
The International Medical Corps provides funding to medical missions that not only provide health care services but also education to health care providers in the selected country. Funds range from $10,000 to $25,000. To apply, begin by sending a letter telling them about your program. International Medical Corps 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 400 Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950 (310) 826-7800 http://www.imcworldwide.org
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