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EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA) Grant

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits to Improve
the Quality of and Access to Eye Care

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EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA)

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Grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations to advance eye care and eyesight through research, education, and access to care. Applicants are required to contact program staff prior to applying. Priority areas include but are not limited to:

-Public education on preventive and routine eye care, and vision screening and referral
-Eye care for the medically indigent
-Low vision and rehabilitation services
-Improved geographic access to general and specialty eye care services
-Education and training of eye care professionals and scientific investigators
-Research in the prevention and treatment of eye diseases, disabilities or impairment prevalent in Alabama and the development of effective methods of treatment, surgery or rehabilitation
-Basic science and clinical research on eye diseases and the vision system.

ESFA gives funding preference to requests that meet the following criteria:
-Address a critical eye care need
-Avoid duplication of existing services unless they target a population not already being served
-Involve collaboration and coordination with other organizations and agencies
-Demonstrate a solid base of financial support for the requesting organization
-Serve Alabamians, particularly in the service area of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital
-Expand the knowledge base in visual research
-Include an effective approach for measuring results and the impact of ESFA’s investment.

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GrantWatch ID#: 134823

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama considers funding applications only from nonprofit organizations that provide services in Alabama and have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or are described as an appropriate beneficiary for a foundation under the Internal Revenue Service Code.

No funds are provided to or for:
-Individuals for personal needs
-Indirect costs associated with a grant project
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Political organizations or candidates for public office.

Research Support:

The Foundation is no longer accepting applications for individual investigator-led research projects.

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama has aligned with the leadership of the University of Alabama at Birmingham to leverage ESFA funds in support of collaborative vision science goals.

If you are an investigator within the UAB School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology or the UAB School of Optometry’s Department of Vision Sciences and are interested in ESFA support for your vision research, you should discuss your project with your chairman. Recommendations for the projects/programs toward which the funding will be directed will be made collaboratively to ESFA by the chairmen. Matching funds will be provided by their respective schools.

If you are an investigator outside the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Vision Sciences you should contact the office to determine next steps if you have a proposal that fits within their collaborative research goals.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application is May 1, 2018. Link to online application will be available soon.

All applicants are required to have a conversation with ESFA staff before submitting a grant application, so that they may convey realistic expectations regarding funding limitations and priorities going forward.

Calendar for FY 2017-2018 Grants
-Application deadline: May 1, 2018
-Initial committee and board review: May/June 2018
-Final board decision and notification of decision: July/August 2018
-Distribution of funds: beginning August 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director

Shirley Hamilton, Director of Grants and Communications

EyeSight Foundation of Alabama
700 South 18th Street, Suite 123
Birmingham, AL 35233

P: 205/488-0771
F: 205/325-8335

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama