Healthy Communities/Healthy America
Free clinic grants helping the uninsured
In response to the growing health needs of the uninsured, hundreds of communities nationwide have developed free clinics. These non-profit clinics bring together physicians, health care professionals and other community volunteers to offer free or low cost health care to low-income, uninsured and under-insured people. Funding is generally raised on the local level and there is little if any government funding or support.
A recent AmeriCares survey found that 89 percent of the nation's free clinics reported a steady rise in patient visits within the past three years, and that increased demand and resource constraints have forced 56 percent of these clinics to turn away eligible patients.
Responding to this critical need, the AMA Foundation supports the efforts of physicians and other volunteers working at free clinics to provide quality, affordable health care. The program awards $10,000-$25,000 grants to physician-led free clinics. To date, we have awarded over $1 million to 56 free clinics across the country.
The 2013 Healthy Communities/Healthy America program will address the following topic areas:
- Diabetes management and education projects for free clinic patients
Supported by a contribution from Lilly USA, LLC
Letters of Inquiry are now being accepted for this program. Use the link below to download the form and instructions.
In their own words
"Our free clinic was started in 1994 and has been functioning ever since rural western Virginia. We continue to struggle with trying to meet the ever increasing needs of our community. The response of the physician community is a shining example of what our profession does on a volunteer basis for the segments of our population who fall through the health care cracks. Thank you for all that you do for this effort. Without the work that you and others do on our behalf, the work of all Free Clinics would be much difficult."
David A. Ellington, MD
Medical Director and Board Member, Rockbridge Area Free Clinic, Lexington, VA
Donor to the AMA Foundation free clinic grant program
The AMA Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for this program. LOIs must be received by March 15, 2013.
Download the LOI form, which includes detailed instructions.
Please note that past Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant recipients are ineligible to apply for the 2013-14 program.
Guidelines to request funding from the AMA Foundation
Tips on applying for funding and grant-writing, description of AMA Foundation funds, and links to other resources.
Grant recipients must submit a final report form upon completion of their project. All forms should be sent to the AMA Foundation office.
Read about key results from these grant projects
This program facilitates sustainability and additional funding for recipients. Fifty-four percent of free clinics state they were able to obtain grants and contributions from new funders as a direct result of having received a Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant. An additional 12% report that the grant boosted their visibility in their communities and stimulated interest from other donors due to the AMA Foundation name.
Read specific stories:
In the news
Learn how our recipients are caring for those who have nowhere else to go:
- AMA Foundation awards $10,000 grant to Samaritan's Touch Care Center , News-Sun, April 21, 2010
- Better eating for better living, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Mar. 13, 2010
- Doctor treats the uninsured, NBC Today Show, Nov. 12, 2009
- Free clinics fill medical void, USA Today, April 10, 2009
- On the front lines: Sister Roseanne M. Popp, MD, AMA Voice, Sept/Oct 2008
- Volunteer clinic network turns focus on patients, Modern Physician, April 7, 2008
- Ebenezer Medical Outreach celebrating fifth anniversary in Douglass Centre, The Herald-Dispatch, Jan. 16, 2008
- Free clinics get boost with new grants from AMA Foundation , AMA Voice, Sept 2007
- Grant enhances diabetes care at Parker clinic, Greater Media Newspapers, Jul. 19, 2007
- The uninsured plight is personal, Savannah Now, April 25, 2007
- I had no way to buy medicine, The Times West Virginian, Oct. 8, 2006
Free clinics always need both medical and non-medical volunteers. Find a free clinic in your area.
Free health care clinics, unfortunate necessity, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Oct. 14, 2009
Rediscover the Joy of Medicine While Caring for the Uninsured, AAFP News Now, Aug. 9, 2010
The Healthy Communities/Healthy America program is one of the few national funding opportunities devoted solely to free clinics. We could not offer these grants without generous support from organizations and individuals. Help us continue our commitment to free clinics and physician volunteers by making a gift to Healthy Communities/Healthy America.