Direct Relief Fund for Health Equity

Improving health in underserved communities in the U.S. with a focus on the social determinants of health.
Global NGOs 1

In 2021, Lilly announced a commitment of $5 million over five years to Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity. Lilly’s commitment to the Direct Relief Fund for Health Equity is a component of our Racial Justice Commitment. Through this fund, U.S. health centers, free and charitable clinics, and other community-based organizations and educational institutions are offered the opportunity to apply for grants from Direct Relief of up to $250,000 annually. Direct Relief makes grants aimed at strengthening the capacity of recipient organizations to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate health care while focusing on social determinants of health for the underserved populations they serve. Lilly’s funding was distributed to four awardees in 2021 and an additional four awardees in 2022.


Geographic Reach
  • Americas
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Disease Area
Target Population
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

Direct Relief