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American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation: Family Medicine Cares USA

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Family Medicine Cares USA (FMC USA) helps new and existing free health clinics to care for the uninsured in areas of need across the United States by supporting the purchase of tangible items. These grants are intended to be used for the purchase of durable, sustainable equipment and instruments necessary for diagnosis and treatment related to primary care. While the focus is to support brand new clinics just opening their doors, when funds are available, existing clinics can apply for grants as well.

Items purchased should not be related to specialty care (e.g., dental exams, eye exams, etc.). Disposable supplies up to $500 are allowable (vaccines, gloves, speculums, diabetic test strips, lancets, disposable probe covers, tab electrodes, cotton swabs, etc.).

This award is intended to provide support to one clinic location only. If an organization has multiple clinic sites, funds must be used at one specific clinic.

Additional considerations are given to new and existing clinics that have or are in the process of developing partnerships/collaborations with hospitals, residency programs, medical schools, AAFP Chapters and/or Chapter Foundations; have a medical director that is an AAFP member; and are collaborating with other non-medical community organizations (e.g., food pantries, schools, health departments etc.). While all applications will be reviewed, clinics in areas with a high Community Needs Index will be given priority.

Amount: Up to $25,000 for new clinics, up to $10,000 for existing clinics.

Eligibility: Eligibility guidelines for existing clinics includes:

  • Provide services at no cost to patients.
  • Have an American Academy of Family Physicians member family physician who maintains active, ongoing involvement with patient care at the clinic.
  • Have a primary care focus.
  • Target populations of the uninsured and medically underserved.
  • Be nondenominational and open to all members of the community. Clinics that target a specific sub-set of the population or a specific disease are not eligible to apply.
  • Serve adults (and children if SCHIP program is not available).
  • Use active/retired family physicians, residents, or medical students as volunteers.

Eligibility for new clinics includes the above list, as well as:

  • New clinics must have opened or will open within 6 months of the application deadline date.
  • New clinics must have completed or be in the process of completing the Volunteers in Medicine America new clinic development process.

Existing clinics must not have been awarded an “existing or new clinic” FMC USA grant within the last three years, or a ‘new clinic’ FMC USA grant within the last five years.

Link: https://www.aafpfoundation.org/grants-awards/family-medicine-cares-usa/application-details.html

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