Timeline and Requirements

Application / Program Timeline 

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

2017 Application Timeline

April 27, 2017: Announcement and forms available
June 14 (12:30 pm CST): Grant program informational webinar or
June 15 (7:30 pm CST): Grant program informational webinar
July 15, 2017: Application deadline
August 14, 2017: AOA State Affiliates and grantees notified (postponed: notifications will be made the week of August 14, 2017)

2017 Program Timeline

August 21-25, 2017: Grantee recipients attend informational webinar (required)
August 21-25, 2017: Electronic resource kits available
August 28, 2017: Checks issued to state affiliates
September 1, 2017: Programs launch
March 1-14, 2018: Grantee webinar to review reporting requirements
March 15-30, 2018: Grantee 6-month report due (required)
September 15-30, 2018: Grantee 12-month report due (required)

*Dates listed above may be subject to change.

Grantee Requirements:

  • Attend one of two conference calls / webinars (August 21-25) scheduled to review the grant process prior to receiving funds
  • 6-month report to be submitted electronically by March 30, 2018
  • 12-month report to be submitted electronically by September 30, 2018
  • Examples of funder recognition are to be submitted electronically with the 6 or 12-month report
  • Unused funds must be returned to Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation by the time of the filing of the required final report, September 15-30, 2018.

Have questions or need additional information?
Contact Optometry Cares at Foundation@aoa.org or fill out an information request form.


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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