CFF seeks applications for 2024 Impact Grants worth $10K

Delayed diagnosis, Spanish speakers among targets of interest this year

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by Margarida Maia, PhD |

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is encouraging individuals and nonprofits to apply by April 5 for one of its 2024 CFF Impact Grants, which provide as much as $10,000 in funding to programs that help people with cystic fibrosis (CF) or their families live their lives to the fullest.

The foundation is especially interested in funding programs to support people who do not respond to CFTR modulators — medications used to treat the genetic disorder — those who had a delayed diagnosis, and Spanish-speaking individuals.

“The best ideas come from personal experience, and no one knows the ins and outs of life with CF like the CF community,” the foundation says on a webpage announcing this year’s Impact Grants. The program launched in 2016.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have developed, or would like to develop, one-year programs with measurable impact on the CF community. Grants may be renewed for a second year, pending approval and availability of funds.

Those who are interested in knowing more about the application process can join a March 7 webinar or email the foundation at [email protected].

Programs should align with the CF Foundation’s mission to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives, and should provide an active, ongoing opportunity for community engagement, the foundation said.

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Impact Grant application guidelines

Applications should provide a detailed plan of the proposed program, how it will involve people with CF or their families, and how recruitment will be done, the foundation said. Applicants should include information about the number of people to be served and how the program’s success will be measured.

Impact grants are not for programs dedicated to clinical or basic research, or to those used solely to purchase equipment or for lobbying or fundraising activities. They must not come from CF Foundation chapter groups, accredited CF care centers, or international organizations.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the CF Adult Advisory Council, a rotating group of adults living with CF who make funding and advisory recommendations to the CF Foundation’s board.

The CF Foundation said it has opened up more than $1 million in grants over the past eight years for a wide range of community-led programs about staying healthy, engaging in creative activities, or finding ways to grow personally and professionally.