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Application/Grant Process

US Military Family Fertility Services / Application/Grant Process

Application/Grant Process

USMFFS offers Grants to eligible military service individuals and couples to help defray the financial challenges of infertility treatment, adoption or third party reproduction. Grants are awarded on an annual basis, and the amount of the grants, and the total number of grants awarded each year is dependent upon fundraising. Grant requests may not exceed $10,000.

The 2019 Grant Applications will open on Valentines Day, February 14, 2019.

Past procedures and reimbursement for previously incurred expenses are not eligible for USMFFS Grants.

Please review the following our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) document before preparing your application.

This will provide information on required testing and documents needed to complete the application.

All applicants understand and agree that by submitting an application for a Grant to USMFFS, they consent to the release of any and all personal health information necessary to complete the process for applying for and, possibly receiving, a Grant.

QUESTIONS or problems with the application? Please email applications@usmilitaryfamilyfertilityservices.org. Unfortunately, due to the large number of questions/inquiries, we will not be able to respond to phone calls/voice mails.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a member in Good Standing with US Armed Forces
  • Reside in the Continental United States
  • Have a diagnosis of infertility certified by a medical provider, with the exception of the following:
    • Applicants who are single, or part of a same sex couple, are eligible to submit applications for a Grant
    • Applicants who are applying for a grant for egg freezing for medical indications (cancer, endometriosis, transgender)
  • Have an annual household income of less than $150,000
  • For requests for infertility treatment, you MUST have completed all required medical testing within the specified time frames.
  • If you are applying for a grant to do IUI, IVF or Gestational Carrier with your own eggs, or for Egg Freezing for Medical Indications, you MUST meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • 1) be 41 years or younger by January 1, 2018
  • 2) have a body mass index (BMI) < 40
  • 3) have a FSH level of < 15
  • 4) an AMH level of >0.5
  • 5) Donor egg applicants must be <50 years old and do not need ovarian reserve testing results
  • Applicants who do not meet this criteria will not have their applications reviewed.
  • ALL applicants for IUI, IVF or FET (utilizing your own eggs OR donor eggs) must have a BMI less than 40.
  • Have all of the required testing completed in the stated time frames for the type of grant you are applying for. Please see the FAQ document above for the detail of these requirements.
  • There is a $35 application fee and only applicants who have completed the application and paid the $35 fee will be considered

The USMFFS offers two types of grants and individuals may only apply for one type of Grant.

  • Financial Assistance Grants: Grants up to 10K will be awarded to individuals who need financial assistance to aid with services such as third party reproduction, adoption or medication costs associated with IVF.  This is best for those that are planning to adopt or for those that have insurance coverage for IVF but need additional financial help.  Please note that financial grants can only be used with medical providers or other service providers who are located in the state of Illinois.
  • IVF Cycle Grant: This is a donated IVF cycle from one of our Partner Practices. We have partnered with >75% of all IVF centers in the Colorado Area. This grant is best for those that need to pursue IVF and do not have any insurance coverage for IVF.  Due to limited availability of grants, applicants may be awarded an IVF grant at a different center from you are currently in treatment.  We do our best to place patients at a practice with geographic proximity but are not always able to do so.

Financial Assistance Grants can be used to pay for the following:

  • medications
  • embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing)
  • embryo donation
  • pre-implantation genetic screening/diagnosis (PGS/PGD)
  • third party reproduction (costs of securing donor egg, donor sperm, and gestational carrier)
  • egg freezing due to cancer, medical diseases that impair infertility or elective indication
  • vasectomy reversal
  • TESE
  • adoption fees from any licensed adoption agency
  • attorney fees for adoption or third party reproductive cases
  • all treatments must be initiated within 6 months of receiving the grant and must be completed at an IL center

Financial Assistance Grants may not be used to reimburse any patient, clinic, or other provider, entity or individual for services that have already been performed, or loans that have that already been secured. All grants are to be used solely towards future costs/services. Disbursements will be made directly to the vendor or service provider not the patient. Grant funds must be utilized within 12 months from award date. Please note: Past procedures and reimbursement for prior expenses are not eligible for Grants.

Grant Application Review
USMFFS’s Medical Advisory Board, which consists of leading experts in reproductive endocrinology, reviews the applications using a reasonable and objective set of criteria for success that is consistently applied. We anticipate our 2019 grant awards being announced on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 2019.  Patients who did not receive a grant will be notified by email.

Please note that USMFFS is an all-volunteer organization. We take these decisions very seriously and will not rush this process. We appreciate your patience as we review these applications. Thank you.

Apply for a grant today from USFFS