Dr. Scholl Foundation Grants

Funding Agency:
Dr. Scholl Foundation

Mission: The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today's world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion. Grants are made annually after an extensive review of the application by the staff and all the directors of the Dr. Scholl Foundation.

Grants are considered on an annual basis. The Dr. Scholl Foundation application form can be submitted between November 1 and March 1 of the following year. All applications are acknowledged by email or mail. Prospective grantees are notified in November and, if approved, grant payments are made in December of the grant year.

Only one application will be accepted from an organization or institution per grant year.

Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or nancy.hillsman@duke.edu.
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or anita.shirley@duke.edu


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe as early as possible
  • Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Applications for grants are considered in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Social Service
  • Healthcare
  • Civic and Cultural
  • Environmental

The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects.  In general the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants.

Over the past decade, approximately 28% of Dr. Scholl Foundation's grants have been related to education, 28% to social services, 22% to hospitals and healthcare, 17% to civic and cultural with the remaining percentage spread out in the above categories. The majority of the grants are made in the U.S. However, the Foundation recognizes the need for a global outlook.

Non-U.S. grants are given to organizations where directors have knowledge of the grantee.

Eligibility Requirements

The foundation does not consider the following for funding:

  • Organizations that do not have a valid IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
  • Political organizations, political action committees, or individual campaigns whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
  • Foundations that are themselves grantmaking bodies
  • Grants for loans, operating deficit reductions, the liquidation of a debt or general support
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grants are rarely made to endowments or capital campaigns.
  • Event sponsorships including the purchase of tables, tickets or advertisements
  • More than one request from the same organization in the same year

Amount Description

There is no limit to the amount that may be requested; however, on average, grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. The Foundation only accepts requests for one year of funding.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 1 page
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Applicant%20Instruc...

External Deadline

March 1, 2020