Apply For a Foundation Grant

Organizations with programs or proposals consistent with the priorities of The Baxter International Foundation may apply for a foundation grant. Strong preference is given to projects that are brought to the foundation through a local Baxter facility or employee. If you have questions about whether your project falls within our guidelines, please read the guidelines below and take the eligibility quiz during the grant application cycle.

Application Requirements

We have launched an online application (links on the right) and encourage all applicants to apply online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Grant cycles:

 Year Application Activated  Application Deadline Board Meeting 
 2015  December 1, 2014  January 11, 2015  April, 2015
 2015  May 1, 2015  June 11, 2015  August, 2015
 2015  September 1, 2015  October 11, 2015  December, 2015

The online application is activated on the first day of the grant cycle and deactivated at 11:59 pm CST on the last day of the cycle. No applications are accepted after the deadline.

Requirements of the application include:

  • The organization's full legal name, complete mailing address, phone number, fax number, contact person's name and e-mail address.
  • If applicable, a description of the organization's relationship with the local Baxter facility.
  • A brief but complete description of the organization, its purpose, history, governance, programs and achievements.
  • A statement describing the specific purpose of the grant requested, including how the project meets the priorities of The Baxter International Foundation.
  • A statement of the amount of money requested in U.S. dollars and over what period of time.
  • A plan for how the program or services will be sustained after the conclusion of funding from The Baxter International Foundation.
  • A plan for measuring results and reporting periodic progress, as well as for a final evaluation.
  • Financial information, including the organization's current operating full budget and the budget for the proposed project.
  • A list of sources of income and amounts, including support from corporate donors, foundations, the United Way and the government – committed and approaching – for both the organization and the proposed project..
  • Audited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year and the two previous years (total of three).
  • A copy of the organization's certificate of tax exemption for the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 or equivalent organization. For organizations outside the United States, a copy of the charitable certificate and exemption from taxes from the local or national government.
  • A list of officers and board members, with their home addresses and their affiliations. See "Compliance" information below. 
  • A list of the names and home addresses of the five highest paid employees.

Final approval for foundation programs is made by the foundation's board of directors, which meets three times per year.

Grants Restrictions

In general, The Baxter International Foundation does not make grants to:

  • General operating support or maintenence of effort
  • Capital and endowment campaigns (includes requests for infrastructure of any kind, equipment, vehicles, etc.)
  • Disease or condition-specific organizations or programs.
  • Educational grants/continuing professional education scholarships.
  • Educational institutions, except in instances where a grant would help achieve other goals, such as increasing community-based direct health services or the skills and availability of community health-care providers, in areas where there are Baxter facilities.
  • Hospitals.
  • Individuals, including scholarships for individuals.
  • Lobbying and political organizations.
  • Magazines, professional journals, documentary, film, video, radio or website productions.
  • Medical Missions
  • Organizations seeking travel support for individuals or groups, medical missions or conferences.
  • Organizations soliciting contributions for advertising space, tickets to dinners, benefits, social and fund-raising events, sponsorships and promotional materials.
  • Organizations with a limited constituency, such as fraternal, veterans or religious organizations.
  • Research

Application Review Process

Proposals are reviewed three times per year: mid April, mid August and mid December following the respective grant cycle. Funds are only released after the board meets and approves the grant request and no sooner than 30 days prior to program start date.

Foundation grants will address critical needs, focusing on communities where Baxter has a significant corporate presence. In evaluating a grant application, The Baxter International Foundation looks for:

  • Eligibility under foundation guidelines.
  • Evidence that the project is a response to valid need and is superior to other competing projects.
  • Evidence of the organization's capacity to accomplish its goals and continue the project post grant period.

Preference is given to proposals that expand and increase access to healthcare with a strong plan for sustaining the services or program beyond the term of The Baxter International Foundation grant.

Community grants are not routinely renewed on an annual basis.There is a two year waiting period from the date of the last check released by the Foundation before an organization is eligible to reapply for Foundation funding.

Occasionally, multiyear proposals may be considered, however, the maximum grant term is 24 months (two years). Multiyear commitments require submission of an interim report, with a financial statement and narrative account of what was accomplished with the grant funds, a description of progress made toward achieving the goals of the grant and a work plan for the coming year.

The Baxter International Foundation Voluntary Guideline Principles

To assist in the efforts of the United States government to prevent the financing of terrorism, many U.S. charities, foundations and corporations have undertaken additional procedures in their due diligence review of prospective grantees. As is the case with most U.S. foundations, the review process for grant requests for The Baxter International Foundation includes checking the names of our grantees against lists of terrorist organizations maintained by the U.S. government and other organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations. This process will include checking the names of the principal officers, directors and staff of the organizations to whom we are considering awarding grants.

In this process we are guided by the following principles:

  • We respect the government's right to take appropriate steps to prevent the financing of terrorism and acknowledge that the charitable sector must do its part to ensure that charitable funds do not inadvertently fund terrorists or their organizations.
  • The Baxter International Foundation has always undertaken due diligence to ensure grants are used for their intended charitable purposes. We believe our grantees perform vital and important work all over the globe to improve health and human needs that is unrelated to actions, methods or purposes advocated by terrorist organizations.
  • The facts and circumstances of particular grant requests may require that we undertake additional due diligence or require that our grantees provide additional information and assurances regarding the use of our grant funds.
  • We strive to apply these measures consistently.

We believe these principles will result in the right balance between the legitimate needs of the U.S. government to prevent the financing of terrorist activity and the desire to support the ability of our grantees to perform important work. We are committed to working with our grantees to address any issues that may arise, while doing our best to ensure our practices are in accord with applicable laws and regulations. In the unlikely event that questions arise from this process, we will seek to ensure that the information is accurate. The more information provided allows for the reduced chance of false positive information appearing. This is one reason why we ask for information such as home addresses. All information provided to us is kept confidential and used exclusively for the purposes described in these principles. This information is not released to any other organization, or used by Baxter or any affiliates to contact any of the individuals.

The Baxter International Foundation conducts an annual re-certification process that insures that, as part of a global company, we adhere to the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework.  The Safe Harbor provides guidance for the U.S. Organizations on how to provide adequate protection from Europe as required by the EU's Directive on Data Protection. (Safe Harbor Information)

To learn more about the U.S. Patriot Act and the U.S. Department of Treasury Voluntary Guidelines go to:

Forms Required for Grant Application

Contact Us

If you have a question or need additional information, please contact the foundation via e-mail at

The Baxter International Foundation
Baxter International Inc.
One Baxter Parkway
Deerfield, Illinois 60015-4633

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