Criteria and Guidelines
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. In addition, we do not fund dollars towards stipends for program participation.
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
We are currently not accepting grant requests where the for fund dollars go towards stipends for program participation.
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS –LOCAL
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.
The Boston Scientific Foundation does not support:
- Medical research, educational seminars, conferences, or symposia
- Post-market research studies
- In-Kind Donations (product, etc.)
- Capital campaigns
- Endowment fund drives
- Fundraising events such as walks, runs, golf tournaments and dinners
- Requests for general operating funds
- Faith-based organizations or clubs, unless funds will be used to support programs that are open to the public and/or directly serve the public interest
- Political campaigns, fraternal or lobbying groups
- Organizations outside the US
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.