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2020 Medical Fund Grants

Grants to seven nonprofits support telemedicine, research equipment, and low-income children


July 08, 2020

By Tom McIntire, Program Officer

Seattle Foundation’s Medical Funds are a group of area-of-interest funds focused on medical research and the healthcare needs of low-income children. 

Medical research grants fund specific equipment purchases for projects working on cancer, cardiopulmonary conditions, multiple sclerosis (or “kindred diseases”), arthritis, and diabetes. Research projects that don't specifically focus on one of these conditions but could potentially impact their diagnosis or treatment are also encouraged to apply, including basic research. Grants that address the healthcare needs of low-income children can include capital campaigns, facility renovation projects, or specific equipment needs.

Established by philanthropists with specific medical interests, Medical Funds are administered by Seattle Foundation staff along with a review panel comprised of highly qualified medical researchers and healthcare providers. The 2020 grant cycle occurred during the current COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately funded the seven organizations, whose projects are described below.

Bloodworks Northwest received a grant to support the purchase of equipment to facilitate research into the blood perfusion in small blood vessels.

Boyer Children's Clinic received a grant to support the purchase of emergency technology equipment that will make it possible to rapidly adapt services during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to meet the early intervention healthcare needs of low-income children with special healthcare needs in King County.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center received a grant to support the purchase of 3-D and machine-learning image analysis equipment.

HopeCentral, a clinic serving families with low incomes and special needs, received a grant to upgrade and replace worn out equipment and fixtures.

Kindering received a grant to support the purchase of specialized therapy equipment and developmental evaluation support supplies for children with developmental disabilities. 

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic received a grant to support the purchase of technology, such as tablets and laptops, to provide access to telemedicine with the clinic, which is especially important while families are unable to be physically present for appointments. The grant will also support related technology expenses such as wireless hotspots and internet service provider access. This use of technology helps ensure the safety of families and providers and contributes to the ongoing connection between doctors and patients that is so valuable in achieving positive medical outcomes.

University of Washington research labs had two proposals funded, one for equipment to perform high-quality immunoassay services, and another to purchase equipment that will enable affordable and accurate hormone measures.

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