The Pepsi Refresh Project is a grants scheme providing millions of dollars to fund good ideas, big and small, that make the world a better place. Each month, one thousand ideas are selected and the public is asked to choose which ones will win a Pepsi Refresh Grant. A total of USD 1.3 million, in grants ranging from USD5,000 up to USD 250,000, is awarded to the winning ideas across six categories, including Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education.
The Children’s Rare Disease Network and The Global Genes Project submitted a proposal that called for funds to build a platform to promote rare disease research for kids. “We entered the Pepsi Refresh grant competition with the goal of continuing education surrounding rare diseases and to generate the global awareness the rare disease community deserves,” said Nicole Boice , founder and president of the Children’s Rare Disease Network and the Global Genes Project. The idea was accepted by the Pepsi Refresh Project and now appears on their website The vote to win a $250,000 grant opened on September 1st and will continue through the end of the month.
If the Children’s Rare Disease Network and the Global Genes Project win, the grant will be dedicated to supporting further development of the Global Genes Fund in particular to build a funding platform to help promote new innovative research to improve the lives of children. This approach is a first-of-its-kind program, aiming to benefit all rare disease research and therapy development.
In support of the Children’s Rare Disease Network and the Global Genes Project, pictures, stories and videos of children, representing the 7,000 different rare conditions, will be featured on a daily basis on the Vote4Hope website throughout the month of September.
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