Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant? The Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant is a grant which is awarded to couples who require fertility treatments to have children. Grants through Footsteps for Fertility Foundation are either, in kind donated services from Clinical Partners, or are monetary typically valued at $5,000 each or less depending on the cost of your required treatment. The Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant can be applied toward treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET), or up to three Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) transfers taking place within a 12 month period of time.
Do I have to fill out the grant application online? Yes, in order to streamline and keep the grant process organized it must be completed online. The application process does have a fee but if the application is filled out in association with an event, you will get one complimentary ticket along with your application.
Do I need to fill out an application each time I attend an event? Yes
Should I fill out a grant application if I cannot attend an event? No, currently Footsteps for Fertility is only offering grants in conjunction with events. We are working toward a National application process and we will keep you informed of any changes.
How often are grants awarded? Footsteps for Fertility Foundation will host at least one event per year. Typically, grants will be awarded at the annual 5 Kilometer race. Upon reconciliation at the end of our fiscal year, we may determine that additional grants will be awarded.
Does Footsteps for Fertility Foundation ever award more than one grant? Yes, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation will award grants based on monies raised at events and through sponsorships and donations made throughout the year.
How can I be chosen for a Footsteps for Fertility Foundation grant? Grant recipients are chosen by random selection. The only requirement is to fill out our grant application and attend an event.
How are grants awarded at the 5 kilometer race? Grants will be awarded by random selection process directly following the 5k race. Each registrant will receive one complimentary ticket with their registration that may be entered for random selection to be awarded a Footsteps Grant for themselves, or for someone they know who requires fertility treatments.
Why should I create a team for the race? Organizing by team enables the team captain to track supporters that have signed up for the race.
When can I start building my team? You can register for an event, create and build a team at any time. We accept grant applications filled out online until race packet pick-up (typically the day prior to the race).
When do I need to provide a physician’s note? We require a physician’s note within 2 weeks of receiving a Footsteps for Fertility Foundation grant. In order to maintain your grant, you will need to provide an official diagnosis from a qualified physician’s office, which includes a complete explanation of reason for infertility, and a diagnosis which states the minimum treatment required for you to conceive.
Do I have to be present at the event to receive the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant? Yes, one or both partners must be present at our event to receive the grant, should one be awarded to you.
Do my supporters have to be present at the event in order for me to receive the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant? No, we will always offer a “Sleep-in for Fertility” registration option. This registration option is ideal for out of town family, or those who simply do not wish to participate in the event, but still want to be supportive. With this registration option, they will still receive a registration packet which will include one complimentary ticket. We will allow for members of the same team to pick up packets, and submit tickets for absent registrants.
Can extra tickets be purchased for the random selection process? No, tickets are not for purchase. Each registration packet will contain one complimentary ticket.
Can the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant be used toward treatment in my current fertility specialist’s office? A monetary grant may be used at any of our SART certified partner clinics. A donated grant must be used at the donating partner clinic.
What is SART? “The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology promotes and advances the standards for the practice of assisted reproductive technology to the benefit of our patients, members, and society at large”
Which clinics report IVF success rates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART)?
Please reference www.sart.org to find out what clinics in your area are certified.
Do I need to use the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant right away? No, but you must use the grant within a year of the date awarded. Special regard may be given for those with extenuating circumstances.
What will happen if I spontaneously conceive after I receive a grant? Once you reach 26 weeks gestation, your grant will be forfeited and passed on to another grant applicant.
Are there any restrictions based on age, previous children, or financial circumstances? No, our recipients are chosen by random selection. Footsteps for Fertility Foundation wants everyone to have an equal chance at receiving necessary fertility treatments to grow their families.
Can I be reimbursed for fertility treatment I have had in the past? No, this grant will only be valid toward future fertility treatments.
How will my grant money be distributed? All monies will be handled between Footsteps for Fertility Foundation and your fertility clinic directly.
If my treatment costs less than the amount of my awarded grant, will I be paid the difference? No, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation will only pay for the cost of your procedure. Any unused money from your grant will be put toward future grants for other grant recipients.
Does the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant cover the cost of my medication, blood work, anesthesia, donor sperm, donor egg, or adopted embryo? The Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant will only go towards the cost for your procedure.
Must the grant recipient be a U.S. Citizen? Yes, any patient who is awarded the Footsteps for Fertility Foundation Grant must be a U.S. Citizen.
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