AOF Caring for Communities Grant

Deadline: Accepting nominations in Fall 2020

$10,000 to $25,000

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.

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.


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