Funding for Cancer Research

Program Focus

Imagination Grants serve as a catalyst for strengthening or expanding the cancer research capabilities of an institution in service to its mission. These one-year grants are intended to fulfill an unmet need or to advance important work in the pursuit of impactful and innovative cancer research.


Imagination grants for cancer research can be used to:

  • Support an existing program in order to broaden or strengthen the work or take the research to the next critical phase.

  • Fund a new project, with an emphasis on the components that will enable the launch of a new project.


Who Can Apply

Organizations must have a primary focus on cancer research or a dedicated cancer research division. Supported activities include equipment purchases, information technology, data and measurement systems and capacity building. Travel, meals and conferences are not eligible for funding.


Funding is limited to organizations located in and directly serving residents of Oregon and Washington.


Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit or a public institution providing services and research that aligns with the Foundation’s mission, and have a minimum of five years of successful operation.


We will not consider requests for:

  • Grants to individuals

  • Fundraising events

  • Political organizations or lobbying activity

  • Reserve funds or debt elimination

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability statuses in the delivery of services and in their employment practices.

Size and Duration of Grant:


Grant Size

$10,000 to $75,000


Grant Period

One Year


Reporting Requirements

Report due no later than one year after grant is awarded. Report summarizes how the funds were utilized and outcomes achieved as a result of the funding.

Types of Support:


Program Support

  • Pilot programs

  • Program creation

  • Program expansion


Capacity Building

  • System improvements

  • Operational improvements

  • Technical assistance


Capital and Infrastructure

  • Equipment

  • Information technology


Research and Evaluation

  • Data and measurement systems

  • Research

Application Deadline:  April 3, 2020

Award Notification: May 15, 2020


We appreciate your time and interest in applying for a grant from the Kuni Foundation. If you have any questions about our grant program or application process, please contact Gretchen Schackel via e-mail at

500 Broadway Street, Suite 490

Vancouver, WA 98660


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