Who can apply for a grant from the Lilly Foundation?

The Lilly Foundation generally awards grants to qualified U.S.-based, tax-exempt public charities that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources, and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering quality programs and services. The Foundation also awards grants to organizations outside the United States as part of its work to improve health outcomes in lower income countries. A complete description of the Lilly Foundation’s specific areas of interest can be found under What We Support.


How do I apply for a grant from the Lilly Foundation?

The Lilly Foundation focuses investments in a few key areas, proactively working with high-performing non-profit organizations with the demonstrated ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems. The Lilly Foundation develops and initiates partnerships in our areas of interest. We work with existing and new partners that we proactively identify to help achieve our priorities. Accordingly, we do not accept or respond to unsolicited proposals or requests.

If invited by the Foundation to apply for funding, organizations will be notified and provided appropriate instructions.

Public policy organizations who have received funding in the past from the Lilly Foundation may send discretionary grant requests to the following address for potential funding consideration by the corporation:

Eli Lilly and Company 
Global Public Policy 
Drop Code 1711 
Indianapolis, IN 46285

Are there certain organizations or programs not supported by the Lilly Foundation?

The following is a list of organizations and activities that are not supported by the Lilly Foundation as a matter of general policy:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Continuing medical education
  • Individuals, individual scholarships and individual travel support
  • Endowments or capital campaigns (exceptions are made by invitation only)
  • Debt reduction
  • Fraternal, labor, athletic, bands or veteran organizations
  • Religious or sectarian programs for religious purposes
  • Medical missions
  • Programs that promote religious doctrines or exclude participants based on religion
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is influencing legislation
  • Beauty or talent contests
  • Fundraising activities related to individual sponsorship (e.g., walk-a-thons, sporting events)
  • Conferences or media productions (proposals of this nature pertaining to Lilly products or research should be directed to the company's appropriate product or operating group)
  • Memorials
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or religion

While certain programs and projects, such as continuing medical education for healthcare providers and community-based patient education programs, do not qualify for funding from the Lilly Foundation, they may qualify for funding from the Lilly Grant Office. For additional information about the types of programs and projects funded by the Lilly Grant Office, please visit its website.

When are grant applications accepted?

If an organization is proactively identified and invited to apply for a Foundation grant, the organizational contact will be provided instructions on what information will be required in an application. Foundation grants are approved by the Lilly Foundation board throughout the calendar year, but primarily during two standing meetings—the first in April and the second in October.

How are the Lilly Foundation and Lilly Endowment related?

Lilly Endowment, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private foundation established in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family to pursue their personal philanthropic interests in the areas of religion, education and community development.

Lilly Endowment is a completely separate entity from Eli Lilly and Company and Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc., and is governed by its own board. The Lilly Endowment cannot be solicited through the Lilly Foundation and must be contacted directly.

Lilly Endowment, Inc.
P.O. Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317.924.5471
Fax: 317.926.4431


How are the Lilly Foundation and the Lilly Grant Office related?

Eli Lilly and Company provides funding for healthcare professional education, patient advocacy, and consumer education programs through the Lilly Grant Office.

The Lilly Grant Office is a completely separate entity from the Lilly Foundation and cannot be solicited through the foundation. Grants must be submitted directly to the Lilly Grants Office website. Grant guidelines and contact information are also available on this site.


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