Since 2011, more than $400,000 has been awarded to 37 patient organizations around the world to support disease awareness, community mobilization, non-profit development and good governance activities. Also, 33 additional organizations have received one-on-one support from outside experts, as part of the PAL program, to further develop their fundraising and grant writing skills. The community response to the PAL Awards program over the past five years has been exceptional. As the program continues to evolve, we are pleased to announce that further enhancements will be made in 2015 following an assessment period. During this time, feedback from the community will be sought through this site, Genzyme Rare Community and other means. We encourage you to check this site for further information about the next PAL campaign.

Application Process

The submission period is held from February through June yearly. Applications must include the following in order to be considered eligible:  a project proposal, completed Application Form, and an accepted Terms and Conditions. The application process includes the following steps:

  • Step 1:  Develop a 3-page proposal and budget outlining your proposed project. Remember, PAL Awards will not be considered for projects that have already occurred.
  • Step 2:  Complete the online Application Form, agree to the program Terms and Conditions, and Attach your three-page proposal and budget. 
  • Step 3:  Judging period occurs from June through early September. 
  • Step 4:  All applicants will be notified of the results by mid-September.
  • Step 5:  Recipients will be publicly announced by October.

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by an External Review Committee and selected through a blinded selection process. Proposals are reviewed using a set of established criteria as explained in the grant guidelines. The Review Committee is comprised of up to six committee members with expertise in such areas as philanthropy, rare disease advocacy, rare disease research and treatment, communications and non-profit management. Learn more about the Review Committee.  

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