Apply now for Healthy Eyes Healthy PeopleĀ® grants

In 2014 these grants will tackle undiagnosed children's vision disorders.

If you have an idea for a project that promotes eye exams for children in your community and beyond, contact your state association about applying for a Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) State Association Grant by Feb. 28, 2014.

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation and the AOA are proud to announce the 11th year of funding for this program. 2014 grants are made possible through a grant from Luxottica.

How to apply

In the past, HEHP grants were linked to federally-defined Healthy People 2020 objectives. However, in 2014 these grants will tackle undiagnosed children's vision disorders. They will focus directly on the AOA's proposed children's vision objective:

"Increase the proportion of children aged 18 years and under who have received an eye exam by an optometrist over the next 12 months."

To apply:

  • Keep the objective above in mind for your proposed project.
  • Submit a grant application online by Feb. 28, 2014.
  • Your application must be accompanied by a letter of support from your state association's executive director.

Each grant is worth up to $5,000. However, if your project reaches multiple states, it may be considered for a larger grant.

Over the past 10 years, HEHP sponsors have contributed $1,290,500 for more than 350 HEHP grants. The money has gone directly to state association community outreach projects. These projects have educated the public and allied groups on the importance of vision care and have improved the lives of thousands of patients.

For more information, call 314-983-4200 or email foundation@aoa.org.

January 23, 2014

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