AOF Caring for Communities Grant

Deadline: September 12, 2021

$1,000 to $10,000

Recognizing there is a critical need for pandemic-related health services, AOF’s Caring for Communities Grant  will give priority to programs and health initiatives addressing COVID-19 direct patient care  

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. 

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. 

Award Amount 

One-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be distributed to qualifying 501(c)(3) health centers for a grant period of 12-months  


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 affected by COVID-19 

  • 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 public awareness at either the local, regional or national level 

  • Demonstrating efforts to eliminate practices that can cause disparate treatment of disadvantaged people 

Application Requirements 

  • Completed online application form – self-nomination accepted 

  • Executive Summary 

  • Program Description 

  • Timeline and Implementation 

  • Evaluation 

  • Use of Grant Money and Budget 

  • Director's current CV/Resume 

  • One (1) letter of support of the health clinic/program 

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation/support from other organizations 


The grant winner will be recognized in various AOF publications, on the website and through social media outlets. 

Review Process 

Applications close September 12, 2021. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. All approved grants will be extended prior to December 31, 2021.