Harold H. Kynett created the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation to improve cardiovascular health in the Delaware Valley through education, research and community health programs. The Foundation seeks to fulfill Mr. Kynett’s vision by funding innovative projects which will advance the understanding of cardiac disease, as well as those which contribute to improved prevention and treatment. The Foundation currently accepts proposals in any of three broad areas: professional education, research and programs to improve cardiovascular health in certain communities or populations. The Board encourages and gives particular consideration to proposals designed to improve the cardiac health of populations that have a higher than average risk of heart disease and that are generally underserved by our current health system.
For example, in the area of professional education, the Board will give additional weight to proposals that emphasize outreach to health professionals who practice in high risk, underserved communities; that provide scholarships to healthcare professionals who are not physicians; or that develop innovative curricula for health professionals who practice in high risk, underserved communities. Proposals for research intended to improve delivery of cardiovascular health services in underserved communities or focused on those risk factors especially relevant to women, children, minorities or the economically disadvantaged are of particular interest. In funding community health programs, the Foundation looks for proposals that are focused on underserved populations.
Innovative approaches that may offer a significant return on investment and a focus on prevention are also priorities.
Each applicant must include its plan for evaluating the proposed program and for disseminating the results, where appropriate. Grants generally do not exceed $50,000.
Applicants must be either public entities or tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not fund private foundations, as defined in Section 509 (a) of the Code, or individuals.
The Foundation funds programs located in the Delaware Valley: Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh Counties and Camden County, New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware.
In most cases, grants must be used for the direct expenses of the program in question, though under certain circumstances the Foundation will fund general operating expenses. The Foundation does not make grants to support capital campaigns or endowments or for construction or renovation of facilities. Funds may not be used to pay honoraria to in-house staff, to reduce ongoing deficits from operations or to substitute for third party reimbursement. Support for capital equipment is rarely provided.
Each application must disclose any financial or potential financial interest which any person, whether or not associated with the institution submitting the application, may have in the proposed program or any device, drug, procedure or technique which may be developed, in whole or in part, with funding from Kynett. Applicants must also list all other funders, both those committed and those with whom applications are pending.
As a condition of accepting Foundation funds, grantees must provide annual project reports, including budgets, and participate in any evaluation conducted on behalf of the Foundation.
The application deadlines are April 15th and October 15th of each year. Applications received by the relevant deadline and containing all the required information will be reviewed by a Board committee and the full Board of Trustees. The Trustees will make the final selection for each year’s awards. Successful applicants will generally be notified in November, following the October deadline, and in May, following the April deadline. The Foundation does not usually provide critiques of individual applications or reasons for a grant’s rejection. Applications which have been rejected may be resubmitted in future years, but any resubmission must include a letter explaining what changes have been made in the application and the reasons for those changes.
Grantees should include appropriate recognition of the Foundation’s support in their annual reports and other materials.