Bender Scientific Fund Grant

Grants to Capital Region, New York Nonprofits and Schools for Research
and Educational Projects in Medicine, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences

GrantWatch ID#: 170555
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region - Bender Scientific Fund


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $12,500 to Greater Capital Region, New York nonprofit organizations and school districts to promote discovery and development in medicine, science, and technology. Grants are available for both research projects and educational or information projects in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences.

The Fund is especially interested in beginning research studies and in educational projects that would promote continuing discovery and learning. To this end, smaller nonprofit organizations and schools are encouraged to apply for projects that promote further exploration of medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences by young people.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

- Significance and scientific, medical or educational merit of the proposed project and its characterization as an innovative project
- Methodology
- Investigators or program director’s background and training related to the project
- Adequacy of facilities
- Justification of budget

$1,000 - $12,500

Grants are typically awarded for a one-year project.

Potential applicants must meet the following requirements:
- The applicant organization must be designated as a nonprofit organization by Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) or a school district.
- Grants are made to organizations, not to individuals.
- The applicant organization must be governed by an active board of directors.
- A formal audit of the organization’s financial information must be conducted annually.

The fund will not support institutional overhead, nor will it fund conferences and meetings. Funding is not routinely designated for salaries or per diems but may be considered when justified. Projects involving human subjects, use of vertebrate animals, hazardous materials or recombinant DNA require special consideration.

Pre-application questionnaires for 2017 are due March 22 and August 9 and will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee during the months of April and August. All pre-applicants will receive notification of the Advisory Committee’s decision by postal mail or email.

Organizations that are invited to submit a formal proposal will receive an email with the application attached, along with relevant due dates.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email pre-application forms to Shelly Connolly, Program Assistant at

If approved, mail full applications to:

Bender Scientific Fund
c/o The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
6 Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203

Questions may be directed to the email address above, or additionally to Jackie Mahoney, Vice President of Programs at

(518) 446-9638

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