Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants


The 2017 Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Award Recipients were reported in the
November/December issue of AOA’s FOCUS magazine.

Our nation’s vision screening system is not working.  Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood.  Yet, only 14 percent of children under the age of 6 are likely to have had a comprehensive eye and vision assessment. Vision screenings are not enough to protect the health, development, and well-being of our children.

The 2017 Grant Application Cycle has closed. Stay tuned for the 2018 grant cycle! 

2018 Application Timeline*

March: Applications available online
May: Grant program informational webinar 
June: Grant program informational webinar
July 2, 2018: Application deadline. All applications must be received by midnight CST.
August: AOA State Affiliates and grantees notified

*Exact dates to be determined and announced in early 2018 

About The Grant

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Essilor Vision Foundation is the proud sponsor of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation’s Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grants program.  The program focuses on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools and the medical community with special attention to the underserved children in the U.S.  This grant program offers an opportunity for optometrists to collaborate with other community resources so that vision care, including hardware, is provided to children, and optometry is recognized as a vital component of the health care system.

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation will award grants up to $5,000 per grant to optometrists across the nation who propose projects that align with the HEHC objectives.  By taking a grassroots approach through the optometric community and working through existing community-based vision care models across the country, funding is intended to spread awareness and increase vision services to address uncorrected vision in each community.

Programs including collaboration with groups such as local community partners, multiple optometrists, and optometric schools are ideal. Additionally, prioritization will be given to scalable, sustainable projects that demonstrate continuation through community/ government partners.

HEHC Objectives

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation will award grants up to $5,000 per grant to optometrists across the nation who propose projects that align with the HEHC objectives.

Objectives #1:  Strengthen the outreach of community health programs through AOA State Optometric Affiliates and their ability to interface and collaborate with a variety of state and local partners within as well as outside the optometric community.

Objectives #2:  Increase visibility of optometric care at the state and local levels.

Objectives #3:  Promote projects/results in a way that drives quality health care and the delivery of care to underserved children.

Objectives #4:  Provide comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses to underserved youth through sustainable community-based solutions across the U.S.


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The Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grant program is made possible through a generous grant from the Essilor Vision Foundation.


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Your investment will ensure that The AOA Foundation continues to provide immediate relief to those in need in the wake of natural disasters, vision care to needy Americans, scholarships for optometry students, preservation of optometry’s history and public education about the need for a lifetime of vision care.

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