Family Medicine Cares USA

Application Details

If you're interested in applying for a grant, first read the eligibility and application fact sheet, including information about how to apply. Applications are accepted twice a year on March 15 and September 15.

View the eligibility and application fact sheet.

Program Overview

Launched in 2011, this humanitarian program helps new and existing free clinics to care for the uninsured in areas of need across the United States. Grants are provided to new clinics for the purchase of tangible items, such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. Family Medicine Cares USA also gives AAFP members, residents, and students the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents.

Why Free Clinics?

There are over 50 million uninsured people in the United States. Existing free clinics have seen a dramatic increase in patients with the majority of these patients coming from working households. The need far exceeds existing capacity, and some areas have no free clinic access at all. Even now with the Affordable Care Act, there is and always will be an underserved population of men, women, and children who simply fall through the cracks.

Our Partner: Volunteers in Medicine

The AAFP Foundation does not directly start and maintain free clinics, but collaborates with a non-profit organization, Volunteers In Medicine (VIM). VIM has a tested model for developing sustainable, locally supported free clinics(volunteersinmedicine.org). Since the mid-1990s, VIM has assisted more than 100 communities in the clinic development process. VIM helps the AAFP Foundation identify strong potential clinic groups and continues in its current role of providing expertise and guidance throughout the clinic development process.

Application Details

If you're interested in applying for a grant, first read the eligibility and application fact sheet, including information about how to apply. Applications are accepted twice a year on March 15 and September 15.

View the eligibility and application fact sheet.

Make a Donation

If you would like to be part of this rewarding work in the USA, but do not feel like you can commit the time to volunteer, please consider making a donation. Please know that through your donation you are making a difference by helping those in need.

Funds & Endowments That Support This Program

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