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-centered care.
Last year, AOF raised funds to help combat the outbreak of COVID-19 across America. While funding is limited, the goal is to fulfill as many patient-centered requests as possible and to make the request process simple and straightforward.
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.
One-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be distributed to Osteopathic physicians or qualifying 501(c)(3) health centers for a grant period of 12 to 18-months to support specific patient-centered COVID-19 related health care needs.
An Osteopathic physician or qualified 501(c)(3) health center (with an Osteopathic physician directly and actively involved in the operation and evaluation of the program). The grant request must directly benefit patient care, address a critical need, be able to measure impact, and align with one of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives.
Applicants must meet the following COVID-19 related criteria:
- Serving and treating a significant number of disadvantaged people and/or people in desperate need of healthcare
- Priority will be given to those treating patients in a high-risk category
- Improving the quality of life and health for the patients being served
- Promoting Osteopathic practices, philosophy and principles when treating patients
- Using enhanced treatment modalities to aid in managing COVID-19
- Creating public awareness at either the local, regional or national level
- Completed online application form – self-nomination accepted
- Executive Summary
- Grant Amount Requested
- Grant Need or Program Description
- Osteopathic Physician/s Role and Association with Program
- Timeline and Implementation
- Impact/Evaluation Measurements
- Use of Grant Money and Program Budget
- Director's current CV/Resume
- One (1) letter of support of the health clinic/program
- One (1) letter of recommendation/support from a collaborative community organization
The grant recipients will be recognized in various AOF publications, on the website and through social media outlets.
RFP will close Monday, September 20, 2021. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. All winners will be notified in November and grants will be issued prior to December 31, 2021.