Grant proposals are being accepted by the Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grant Program through July 2, 2018.

Managed by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, HEHC Grants provide funding for implementation of community-based solutions that support HEHC objectives and increase the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools and the medical community, with special attention to the underserved children in the U.S.

The program’s four objectives are 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. 2) Increase visibility of optometric care at the state and local levels. 3) Promote projects/results in a way that drives quality health care and the delivery of care to underserved children. 4) Provide comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses to underserved youth through sustainable community-based solutions across the U.S.

Each award is worth up to a maximum of $5,000. However, additional funds may be given if the scope of the project reaches a larger population. For instance, if there is a project that reaches multiple states or is planned to continue past the first year, this may be considered for a larger grant. The applicant is committed to a one-year grant term with the ability to reapply for multi-year/ongoing support. Additionally, in-kind stock lenses and/or lab services will be provided at no cost for grantee projects.

The Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grant Program is intended to stimulate community initiatives in health promotion and prevention while simultaneously encouraging a more comprehensive approach to the vision and eye health care needs of the underserved infants and children. Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation and the Essilor Vision Foundation recognize the importance of strengthening the outreach of community-based organizations by providing “seed money” to begin or continue these vision and eye health-related projects.

Potential grantees should develop pathways to increase access to comprehensive vision and eye health care for children and any secondary prevention efforts to find vision and eye health problems early so that action can be taken to minimize the risk of progression of eye diseases or vision disorders. Refer to “Example of Projects” to review a list of potential project types.


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