AOF Caring for Communities Grant

Deadline: Now accepting applications! Applications are due October 27, 2019

$10,000 to $25,000

Providing healthcare to disadvantaged communities and populations is critical to the success of healthcare in the United States.  The lack of physicians and access to healthcare in these communities severely compromises disease prevention activities and often results in poor health status.

The Caring for Communities Fund was established in 2015 through a generous donation from Carole Crosby, JD and Larry Wickless, DO as a way to recognize and support the work of osteopathic physicians making a difference in the lives of people struggling with a variety of healthcare and social issues.

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be distributed annually to one qualified 501(c)(3) health center for a maximum of three consecutive years, contingent upon the submission and satisfactory review of an annual report.

Matching, or additional, grants to show sustainability may be required.


A qualified 501(c)(3) health center with a DO directly and actively involved in the operation, and evaluation of the program. The program or project must directly benefit patients, address a critical need, be able to measure impact, and align with one of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Serving and treating a significant number of disadvantaged people and/or people in desperate need of healthcare
  • Treating patients for at least one-year
  • Improving the quality of life and health for the patients being served
  • Promoting osteopathic philosophy and principles when treating patients
  • Using enhanced treatment modalities (exercise, diet, lifestyle, and pharmaceutical applications) to aid in managing disease
  • Creating general public awareness at either the local, regional or national level
  • Demonstrating efforts to eliminate practices that can cause disparate treatment of disadvantaged people



This award is made possible by Carole Crosby, JD, and Larry Wickless, DO, through a generous gift. One recipient will be presented with an award of up to $5,000. All complete application packets will be reviewed and rated against the eligibility criteria by the AOF’s Committee on Grants and Awards. The selection committee will look for documentation that supports the application. The award check will be mailed to the recipient during August and will contain the name of the recipient. Former award recipients are not eligible to reapply for the same award for a period of three years. The AOF as payer, must report to the IRS the $5,000 award on form 1099-MISC. The award recipient must complete a W-9 tax form; the award check will not be mailed until the completed form is received.