The AOF Community Impact Grant Program empowers student volunteers to improve the physical health and well-being of their community. These grants are intended to encourage a collaborative volunteer experience for osteopathic medical students as a group through their College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) or registered organization at their COM campus to provide programs and services that align with the AOF strategic priority areas.
Where will your project take us?
Current focus areas:
- Osteopathic awareness (promotion of and engagement in the profession)
- Education in underserved areas (mentoring/tutoring)
- General health of underserved populations (healthy eating, active living, basic needs support)
Who can apply for a Community Impact Grant?
Current osteopathic medical students who are enrolled in a COCA-accredited osteopathic medical school are eligible to apply for Community Impact grants during the open application period. Applications may be submitted as a collective on behalf of a group of students or on an individual basis. One grant will be given per COM campus. Applications are accepted from August through October for projects that must be completed by May 1 of the next year.
- Projects submitted for proposal for funding must be student driven/student led
- Applicants must be associated with and approved by a COCA-Accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Projects must be completed within 6 months following notification that the grant has been awarded
- Grants support work completed by volunteers in the U.S. only
- Student organizations must be affiliated and/or officially registered with a COCA-Accredited osteopathic medical school
- Students must complete a post-project report which includes program/project/service outcomes, stories, pictures and videos upon project completion
- Students will also be required to complete an interim progress report
- Funding for programs may be requested for a maximum of $500
- Programs must align within one of priority areas specified in this application
- Student (s) or student organizations may apply for grants to support one (1) program per COM
- Organizations may apply for funds to start a new program, or for the expansion of an existing program.
- Grant funding can be used for operational, administrative, and supply expenses required to support the program
- Students that are awarded grants will be required to submit an interim progress report and an end of year report on program/project/service outcomes
- A detailed program or project scope explaining the program, project or service, its relevance to osteopathic medicine, any projected outcomes and which focus area the project falls under
- A detailed budget sheet indicating all expenses and where monies from the grant will be used
- Additional Supporting materials (e.g. confirmation letters from partner organizations, approval letters if necessary, additional funding support)
- A letter which includes official approval by the Dean or Dean’s designee for the student(s) to conduct the program, project or service
- Grant recipients will be recognized by the AOF through various communication channels
- Grant recipients who submit video follow up reports will be submitted in a contest to recognize the top three recipients to receive an additional monetary award to be used toward the student organization or COM associated.
Selection of Recipients
- All applications will be internally reviewed by AOF staff and peer-reviewed by AOF student board members
- Reviewers will take into account the unique assets and needs in each local area and evaluate all applications utilizing the following three key criteria:
1. Program accountability and creativity
2. Impact on community needs
3. Collaboration with other organizations and/or COM
Follow Up Requirements
Grant recipients will be required to submit an interim progress report and end of year progress report. This report must detail the project and must answer several questions as provided by the AOF.
Information about the experience may be published on the AOF’s website, publications, annual reports, press releases social media and/or other communication vehicles. Failure to provide a follow up trip report will prevent the recipient from receiving future grants from the AOF. Reports must include pictures and perspectives from more than one volunteer.