How to Apply

Who may apply?

Submission is open to all doctors of optometry with written approval from the AOA State Optometric Affiliate where the proposal resides.  Individuals eligible to apply for the HEHC grants may include, but not limited to the following:

-AOA State Optometric Affiliate Presidents, Presidents-elect, and Executive Directors
-Members of an AOA State Optometric Affiliate
-Faculty from the Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Other application requirements:

-Minimum of one optometrist must be involved in the project
-Letter of support received from the AOA State Optometric Affiliate
-Letter(s) of support for collaboration must accompany all grant application

Note:  Multiple grants may be awarded within the same state. 

How do I apply?

The 2018 Grant Application Cycle Opens March 1, 2018! 

In addition to the completed application form, budget, letter(s) of support, and a letter of approval from the AOA State Optometric Association are required. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Click here to download a Microsoft Word version of the HEHC Application.
Click here to download a Microsoft Excel budget template required for submission of the HEHC Application.

How will applications be reviewed?

Applications will be evaluated according to these criteria:

Project Activities (30 points): A statement of how the project relates to the HEHC objectives, a description of the project’s key elements, including the target audience or population to be served, and key messages. Emphasis on low-income, high-need communities.

Project Effectiveness (20 points): A description of how the applicant will document project activities and measure success using metrics, such as number of children receiving no cost exams and glasses or the number of children attending an educational program.

Project Collaborations (30 points): A description of how the project will collaborate with at least one non-optometric group and points for collaboration with multiple doctors and organizations. Prioritization given to scalable, sustainable projects that demonstrate continuation through community/government partners.

Timelines (10 points): Timeline of activities; meetings, events, etc.

Budget (10 points): A listing of the line items for the award amount being requested, along with a brief justification.  In-kind matching of funds is encouraged.   No funds are allowed to be used to pay doctors for their services, but instead are targeted for program implementation needs such as frames.  Click here for budget template.

Preference will be given to applications that organize a team approach in creating local, sustainable program solutions and eliminating barriers to access for underserved children in the community.


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