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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation launched its Family Medicine Cares USA grant program in 2011 to assist in the caring for uninsured individuals.  Grants are awarded for the purchase of tangible items, such as EMRs and medical equipment.  The program provides grant to new clinics that are nearing completion of the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Model, as well as existing free clinics that serve the uninsured in their communities.  Applicants must have an AAFP member in a leadership role or as a clinic volunteer.

In addition, the Family Medicine Cares USA program provides an opportunity for members, residents and students to volunteer their time and expertise.  According to recently released data, 193 AAFP members are currently affiliated as board members, staff or volunteers in Volunteers in Medicine clinics across the country.

As of 2018, Family Medicine Cares USA has awarded a total of $490,828 to 15 new clinics and 32 existing free clinics.  Among the existing clinics, four clinics are a part of the VIM Alliance.  The map below shows all the VIM clinics that have received a grant.

Collectively, all grantee clinics have reported over 268,000 patient visits, since the program’s inception.  These visits represent more than $53M in health care services.

The new deadline to apply is July 15.  For eligibility requirement and information on how to apply, visit Family Medicine Cares USA.