Palliative Care & End of Life

For more than 60 years, the Foundations have given to medical schools, hospitals, hospice programs, and other healthcare initiatives that have enhanced medical education, the patient experience, and the quality of healthcare in America. For the first 30 years, the Foundations were focused on hospice care and making end of life care widely available to the American population. The Foundations were among the early supporters of the hospice concept and provided the first grant to the Connecticut Hospice which inaugurated hospice care in America in 1976 and helped grow the hospice movement throughout the nation.

Sculpture outside of Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice in the United States.  The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were among the early supporters of the hospice concept in America in 1976.
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Hospice.

Having provided philanthropic support in these early years of hospice in America, the Foundations now renew their commitment to the vital areas of research, access, and standards in Palliative Care & End of Life.  Palliative care is thought of in connection with a good death, and, as medical breakthroughs change the outcomes of conditions formerly considered to be terminal, palliative care is evolving to give patients with chronic disease a good life, as well.

For 2018–2020, Palliative Care & End of Life grant proposals will be considered only from designated partners in the following general areas:

  • Support of pediatric palliative care initiatives and research
  • Interfaith and spirituality issues for leaders in palliative care
  • Partnerships in research to further the evidence base for palliative care
  • Closing the gap in access to services
  • Development of quality standards for palliative care
  • Engaging and educating the public in partnership with the media

Palliative care is gaining prominence in medical therapies, and new approaches to end of life are promoting the best possible management of this inevitable part of the human experience. The Foundations seek to expand and broaden public understanding of this emerging field. Grants will support programming and research that focus on education, treatment, access and delivery, interfaith resources, and the development of quality standards.

Note: Beginning in 2020, the Foundation may consider additional partnerships in Palliative Care & End of Life.

When & How to Apply – For Designated Partners
Please refer to the information in Grantseeking Organizations related to grantee portal registration and the March 1 grant cycle.  Contact your program officer for more details and information.  

Submitted material related to the grant proposal will not be returned.

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