The Founders Auxiliary Board allocates funds to Children’s National through its Annual Grants and Major Gifts Programs. Through fundraising efforts, the Annual Grants Program has awarded over $12 million to support initiatives to develop and sustain cutting-edge research and innovative treatments, purchase critical medical equipment, improve patient hospital experience and support the professional development of doctors, nurses and hospital staff as well as numerous health initiatives through the pediatric community clinics of Children’s National serving those most in need.

2024-2025 Grant Cycle Dates

Grant request management system opens for LOI submission: Monday, June 3, 2024

LOI due to Founders Auxiliary Board: Monday, July 15, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

LOI response from Founders Auxiliary Board to applicant: Monday, August 19, 2024

Full grant proposal due to Founders Auxiliary Board: Monday, September 30, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

Grants Committee to review requests and conduct 1:1 interviews with applicants: October – December 2024

Applicants notified of final award decisions: By Monday, March 15, 2025

Funds will be made available to grantees on April 1, 2025 and all funds are required to be spent by March 31, 2026.

Submit a Letter of Interest

The Founders Auxiliary Board invites Children’s National staff to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for grants to help improve a child’s hospital experience, develop research initiatives, purchase critical medical equipment, sustain and develop innovative treatments.

Professional development, promoting community engagement, event expenses, printing of publications, and the like, will be considered if it is connected to a broader grant that improves the hospital and patient experience, supports research, develops and sustains innovative treatments, and supports medical equipment.

Community health initiatives should align with the hospital’s Community Health Improvement Plan and focus on (but not limited to) these strategic priorities: Early Childhood Education, Healthy Food, Health Insurance Coverage, and Employment.

Grants will be considered for a minimum amount of $2,500 and up to a maximum amount of $35,000.

To submit an LOI, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Register to create an account, or use an existing account you created for a prior submission
  3. Review the key information and dates on the Grants Platform home page
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click the purple  “Start Entry” button when you are ready to submit your LOI

If you have questions on the application process, contact the Grants Committee at

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Grants awarded by the Founders Auxiliary Board have inspired change and transformative advances in diverse areas of service throughout the hospital. Past awards have supported research, child wellness initiatives such as concussion prevention, immunizations, cutting-edge equipment and technology, pediatric surgical robots, professional development, and educational support.