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Healthy Living Grant Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Healthy Living Grant Program?

Created in 2002, this program provides healthy lifestyles seed grants for grassroots public health programs.

What type of projects are supported by Healthy Living grants?

Project topical areas may vary from year to year. Applications typically become available in June and include more detailed guidelines about what type of projects will be funded in that year.

When are applications available?

Please see our website under “Grantseekers” for more information.

How many grants are awarded and how much money is granted?

The number of grants awarded and amount of money that is granted varies by program and year. Grant applications include more information on the maximum amount of funding each organization can request.

Can the AMA Foundation give Healthy Living grants to non-501(c)(3) organizations?

Yes, the Foundation can give grants to non-501 (c)(3) organizations, but the Foundation retains the burden of proving to the IRS that the activity served a charitable purpose and not an associational, fraternal, social or other purpose. No such burden exists when the grantee is another 501 (c)(3) organization. The mere fact that it is a 501 (c)(3) relieves the AMA Foundation of further monitoring obligations.

To ensure that all of the Healthy Living grants are used for charitable purposes, the Foundation requires a budget from the grantee before making the grant, an agreement that the grant will be used solely for the purposes outlined in the grant application, and a follow-up report confirming that the funds were spent in accordance with the budget or showing any deviation. The grant agreement will reflect that in all documents or publicity for the project, the AMA Foundation will be given credit as a funding source.

Why are there limits on the types of organizations that can apply for grants?

The AMA Foundation wants to focus Healthy Living grants on grassroots efforts in neighborhoods across America. A seed grant can have a large impact on organizations with smaller operating budgets, and can serve as a catalyst for a project that might not otherwise happen. Additionally, the Foundation would like the organization to be in existence for at least a year to illustrate that the organization can successfully operate and sustain itself. The Foundation supports projects that involve a collaboration with medical organization, to not only recognize that the medical community is a vital part of the solution to our nation’s most pressing health care issues, but also to recognize that partnerships are a way to maximize resources, reduce duplicative efforts and work together to solve these problems.

Is the Healthy Living grant program open to non-AMA affiliated organizations and individuals?

Yes. The AMA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization requiring all of our grant programs, such as the Healthy Living Grant Program, to be available to all members of the eligible class of applicants (i.e., organizations and individuals). The AMA Foundation cannot discriminate against non-AMA or non-AMA Alliance members because it would be an unlawful private benefit as opposed to a public philanthropic benefit consistent with the corporate purposes of the AMA Foundation.

What kinds of programmatic costs can not be covered by a Healthy Living grant?

None of the funds awarded are to pay for staff salary or overhead, such as general operating expenses like rent, utilities, etc. The funds can not be used for capital construction or improvements. Funds can not be used for prescription drug take back/disposal programs are not eligible. Food/beverage expenses can not exceed $1000.