Criteria and Guidelines

Criteria and Guidelines
Funding of grants is limited, and submission of an application (even one that meets our stated criteria) does not guarantee that a grant will be made to your organization. The Boston Scientific Foundation receives hundreds of applications for grant support, not all of which can be funded. 


Programs that aim to improve the health of those who are economically disadvantaged, with a focus on cancer, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, diabetes, gastrointestinal OR urologic diseases and disorders through any ONE of these approaches. 

  • Disease prevention 
  • Disease awareness and diagnosis
  • Access to care
  • Quality of care 

Grants to benefit economically disadvantaged populations in health programs are defined as programs with:

  • Minimum of 50% of program participants uninsured/underinsured at  200% of poverty or lower  OR
  • Funding directed to participants at  200% of poverty or lower

We are currently not accepting grant requests for dental health, mental health, legal support/advocacy for healthcare coverage, care for the caregivers and homeopathic care.


The Foundation supports programs focused on improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational opportunities and academic development for K-12 students who are economically disadvantaged.

Grants to benefit economically disadvantaged in education programs is defined as programs with

  • Minimum of 50% of program participants at 185% of poverty or lower  OR
  • Funding directed to participants at 185% of poverty or lower 


Boston Scientific Foundation is committed to supporting the communities where BSC employees live and work. All submissions must target the needs of economically disadvantaged populations within 30 miles of the geographies listed below.

  • Massachusetts  (Boston, Marlborough)
  • Indiana  (Spencer)
  • Minnesota  (Twin Cities)
  • California  (Valencia, Bay Area)

Beyond financial support, these communities can benefit from the enthusiasm, motivation and creative spirit of Boston Scientific employees, and we encourage them to make a difference by getting involved in the local issues they care about.  

foundation giving regions


Organizations must be recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt entity [501(c) (3)], or a public school or agency that meets our Foundation’s primary goal of improving health and opening up educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged persons.

The Boston Scientific Foundation does not support:

  • Requests for event-based fundraising, sponsorships
  • Capital campaigns
  • General operating requests
  • Continuing medical education requests or medical research requests
  • Political campaigns to support and/or oppose candidates for public office
  • Evangelizing activities of religious organizations


Note: To qualify for a Boston Scientific Foundation grant, you must also certify that your organization does not discriminate in who you serve or who you hire on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any other class protected by federal, state, or local law requiring equal opportunity. You also must certify that your organization does not advocate, support, or practice activities that discriminate with regard to any of the aforementioned protected classes.