Global Outreach Grants

Launched in 2005, the PA Foundation’s Global Outreach Grants Program supports PAs and PA students in humanitarian activities that improve the quality of life in underserved areas of developing countries and the United States. The grants promote sustainable development in the areas of healthcare and health education for populations and communities in need.

We provide funding for projects that enhance or expand existing programs and provide the participating PAs and students an invaluable learning experience in healthcare delivery, leadership, and project management.

Funding Sources

  • The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment — A major funding source, this endowment was established in 2005 through a generous donation made by Don and Kathy Pedersen’s Family Foundation in memory of Don’s father, who worked internationally throughout his career. The Pedersens have been PAs for more than 30 years — Don as a professor and director of the University of Utah PA Program, and Kathy as a primary care PA at the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City.
  • Chevron and other corporate partners
  • Individual donors

Who Can Apply

All grant applications must be submitted by one or more PAs or PA students who are members in good standing of AAPA and who are involved in health-related humanitarian efforts through either established humanitarian organizations or PA programs. Grant funds are disbursed to the nonprofit organization or program sponsoring the project.

The purpose of the health-related humanitarian assistance grant is to directly support the individual or individuals while preparing for and/or while involved in the humanitarian health project. Acceptable expenses may include costs incurred in preparing for travel to the activity site, such as immunizations, exams, and medications; living expenses while serving at the site; and equipment and supplies needed for the activity. Funds also may be used to purchase materials and equipment that support a specific project that meets the objectives of this grant program. Funds may not be used to cover any indirect/administrative costs (including salaries), capital expenses, or travel expenses/airfare to the site of the activity. Funds must be used within one year of receipt of the grant.

In the evaluation process, preference will be given to those applicants who have not already been awarded a grant from the PA Foundation within the preceding 12 months (including both IMPACT Grants and Global Outreach Grants).

View the 2019 qualifications and requirements document here.

2020 Application Cycle – Canceled

Due to the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – including implications for travel, particularly international – and uncertainty regarding the time frame of these circumstances, the PA Foundation Board of Trustees has decided to cancel the 2020 Global Outreach Grant/Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant cycle. We plan to resume the program in 2021 once restrictions have lifted and international travel is deemed safe.

Make a Donation

Support the Global Outreach Grants Program by selecting “Global Outreach Programs” on the donation form.

Global Outreach Grant Recipients

View past recipients of the Global Outreach Grants and Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants.


Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at 571-319-4510 or [email protected]