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.


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 our 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 our grants are made in the U.S. However, like Dr. Scholl, we recognize the need for a global outlook.

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

The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to valid Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) organizations. Non-U.S. applicants without a 501(c)(3) must complete a notarized affidavit.

Who is not eligible?

  • The foundation does not consider the following for funding:

    • Organizations that do not have a valid IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
    • Organizations that cannot provide us with at least 3 years of financial activity
    • 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
    • Publicly supported state, local and federal government organizations (i.e. public schools and municipalities) are rarely considered for grants

Funding Available

  • There is no limit; however, on average, our grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.
  • Proposals are accepted from October 1 to March 1 at 4:00 pm (CST) of the following year.

Application Package

The application form and instructions are available after October 1 each year online. Application forms must be requested each year. Phone, fax, written or email requests are not accepted.

To see if you qualify to request a grant application, use the link to review limitations and preferences before completing the registration process.

It is strongly recommended that you also review the frequently asked questions regarding this opportunity.


Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist Deadline February 22, 2018
Full Application Due March 1, 2018 4:00 pm (CST)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications will be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator