Call for Nominations: Kenneth C. Frazier Award for Maternal Health Equity

Deadline Date: June 30, 2024

 Donor Name: MSD for Mothers

 Grant Size: $100,000 to $500,000

MSD for Mothers is now inviting nominations for the annual Kenneth C. Frazier Award for Maternal Health Equity to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life.

This annual prize, awarded through the MSD for Mothers initiative, provides a grant to an organization in recognition of its commitment to and progress towards more equitable, more respectful, higher quality maternal health for all. This award is named after Kenneth C. Frazier as a testament to his unwavering commitment to social justice and leveraging the private sector for public good.

Funding Information

  • The Kenneth C. Frazier Award for Maternal Health Equity will provide one eligible organization per year with a one-time grant of up to $250,000 to support its work to advance maternal health equity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominated organizations may be located anywhere in the world, must have made a demonstrated and distinctive impact in advancing maternal health equity and must be led by a person of color and/or representative of the marginalized group being served.
  • An organization is eligible to receive the Kenneth C. Frazier Award for Maternal Health Equity only once. Only organizations led by individuals representative of the focus population served (lead executive and/or board) are eligible to receive the grant.
  • MSD for Mothers is only able to fund non-profit organizations through this grant award. MSD for Mothers cannot provide funding to city or state health departments, other government entities, hospitals or health systems. MSD for Mothers also cannot provide funding to political organizations, campaigns and activities or to organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, national origin, veteran’s status or disability.
  • An individual may nominate more than one organization for consideration; self-nominations are encouraged.


  • The following activities are also not eligible for the use of grant funds:
    • Activities or organizations that directly influence or advance MSD’s business (commercial) or marketing interests, including purchase/influence of purchase of MSD products
    • Engagement/payments of government officials and city agencies (which in many cases could include hospital employees in government-run facilities)
    • Payments/incentives/benefits going to health care providers
    • Purchase of computers or other durable goods. This also includes any equipment with a lifespan beyond the end date of the project
    • Capital expenses, including construction and renovation of facilities or endowments
    • Purchase of supplies or equipment unrelated to this project or program
    • Payment of staff salaries or other costs not involved in this project or program

For more information, visit MSD for Mothers.

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