Our Foundation evaluates all grant applications during our annual grant cycle, through which a majority of our giving is done. The grant cycle opens with a call for applications in late spring, applications are evaluated by our committees in late summer through early fall, and grantees are notified in late fall.
2020 grant cycle
The 2020 grant cycle is now closed.
- Grant cycle opened on Monday, May 11, 2020
- Grant cycle closed on Friday, June 26, 2020
- Applicants notified by October 2020
Please check back in early 2021 for details on the 2021 grant cycle.
Every Heartbeat Matters Grants
Following the achievement of our Every Heartbeat Matters 2020 milestone, we set a new bold goal for this centerpiece of our philanthropy:
Every Heartbeat Matters will improve the lives of 2.5 million additional underserved structural heart and critical care patients by the end of 2025.
In all our global communities where employees live and work, we want to be a good neighbor with grants that strengthen the community and leverage employee donated time and talent. In 2020, as many people face tremendous hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be more focused than ever on funding basic safety net initiatives to help people struggling the most. See our initial giving response to COVID-19 here.
Supporting Black Equality
We also remain focused on strengthening and addressing needs with the Black community, as we work together to condemn acts of discrimination, violence or hate against members of our communities. Learn more about our commitment to the Black community here.
Requirements of organizations supported by our Foundation
U.S.-based organizations must be a tax-qualified charitable organization by demonstrating 501(c)(3) tax status, and qualifying as a not-for-profit public charity as defined by Section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations based outside the U.S. must be a public charity substantially similar in governance, operation and mission to qualified U.S.-based organizations.
Additionally, all grant applicants must: (1) meet the grant type criteria; (2) complete the appropriate application; and (3) provide appropriate supplemental information (e.g., qualifying tax status, supporting financial statements and program budget).
All partners of our Every Heartbeat Matters grant program, as well as other grant partners conducting work with patients, are required to sign a program agreement before receiving funds. A sample template copy of that grant agreement is available here.
Edwards Lifesciences Foundation supports diversity and inclusion in our communities. As such, we require each grantee to certify that it does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of applicable law.
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