"In addition to monetary support, WGHF introduced us to members of Washington State's global health community, including SIGN. . . This is a great example of how you brought together two companies working in the global health space and made a real impact."
- Justin Hulvershorn, MD, PhD
Chief Science Officer,  Mirador Biomedical

Washington Global Health Fund

The mission of the Washington Global Health Fund is to accelerate the commercialization of global health technologies and expand the global health sector in Washington state.

Recognizing the region’s potential in this arena, in 2010 the Washington State Legislature created a new initiative called the Washington Global Health Fund to support economic development, fund promising ideas, foster new global health technologies, and enhance the state’s foothold in the field. A Governor appointed Board of Directors oversees the fund and select the grantees. 


Grant applications are carefully reviewed  and selected by the Board of Directors. Job creation in Washington state is the primary criteria for selecting grantees.

2013 Grantees:

  • BURN Design Lab, a nonprofit based on Vashon Island, creates customized biomass stove solutions to meet the cooking needs of the developing world. Cooking with charcoal is a major cause of indoor air pollution, deforestation and a daily expense for families living in the developing world.  WGHF awarded Burn $120,000 to design and manufacture a low-cost, high-efficiency cook stove for Kenya.  The grant will support five positions on Vashon Island.
  • PRONTO International, a nonprofit located in Seattle, has developed the PRONTOPack™ for training medical staff in low-resources settings in obstetric emergency.  The PRONTOPack™ includes supplies, training curriculum and an instructional DVD to help guide the simulation training. WGHF is providing $50,000 in grant funding to support the first paid staff and manufacture 100 PRONTOPacks™.  PRONTO International will launch their product at the Women Deliver conference in May 2013.

2011-2013 Program Impact:

To learn more about past grantees, frequently asked questions, or how to support the Fund go to the WGHF website.   WGHF is continuing to seek funding partners to extend the reach and impact of the program.