Palliative Care 

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.  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. 

Grants in the Palliative Care program will be made to designated partner organizations. The Foundations do not accept unsolicited grant requests in this program area.

For 2018–2020, Palliative Care 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; and
  • Curriculum development to train students, residents, and practicing physicians and clinicians in palliative care skills.

Palliative care is gaining prominence in medical therapies, and new approaches to research, care, and training are promoting the best possible management of patients who will benefit from palliative care. 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.

Grant Amounts

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations typically award grants up to $350,000. In exceptional circumstances, the Foundations will consider and fund grant requests at a higher amount. 

When & How to Apply – For Designated Partners
Please refer to the information in Grantseeking Organizations 

related to grantee portal registration.  Contact a staff program officer for more details and information.  


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

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