IMPACT Grant Program


The PA Foundation IMPACT Grant Program provides funding to encourage and support PA and PA student involvement in programs that improve health, consistent with the mission, values and vision of the PA Foundation. Through the program, the Foundation seeks to support patient-focused, community-based health projects that demonstrate an impact on patient health outcomes.

2017 Timing and Availability of Funds

The PA Foundation will offer two grant cycles in 2017, one opening in February and the other in October.
The second cycle is now closed.

October 2017 Grant Cycle – Mental Health Focus (now closed)

The PA Foundation seeks to support patient-focused, community-based health projects in the area of mental health that demonstrate an impact on patient health outcomes.

View the grant cycle overview and requirements document.

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. Applications must be made in conjunction with a nonprofit sponsoring organization, such as a nonprofit hospital or nonprofit community organization, an accredited PA Program, or an AAPA Constituent Organization. Depending upon the specific project and the potential liability it may involve, the PA Foundation reserves the right to condition approval of an application on affiliation with a sponsoring organization. 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).

October 2017 Evaluation Criteria

Preference will be given to:

  1. Projects/programs focused on mental health patient education, screening/referral, and patient outcomes.
  2. Projects/programs that test new PA-led models of care in mental health, which may include screening/referral methods, and/or that integrate mental health education into clinical visits.
  3. Projects/programs focused on reducing stigma associated with mental health disorders.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of the goals and activities of the project and alignment with designated mental health focus
  2. Demonstration of PA leadership and involvement
  3. Impact on the health of the target population

Please note that grant funds may not be used to pay salaries or to reimburse organizations for salaries. Grant funding will not be provided to cover any indirect/administrative costs.

Round II 2017 IMPACT Grant Requirements & Application

Please read the grant requirements before applying for the IMPACT Grants.

A written proposal (maximum 6 pages) addressing the following questions is required:

  1. How does this project address the mental health crisis, particularly in the areas of screening/referral, patient education, and stigma reduction?
  2. What are the characteristics of the patient population this project will serve?
  3. What primary objectives/milestones does this project aim to achieve?
  4. Describe the evaluation strategies to be utilized in measuring the success of the program or project. What points of data do you anticipate collecting during this project to measure impact, if any?
  5. What role will PA(s) and/or PA students play in the program? Indicate how PA value and/or PA utilization is critical in attaining the project objectives
  6. Briefly summarize how the IMPACT Grant funding will improve or enhance population health of the community. What impact will this grant funding have on the success of this program/project?
  7. How will outcomes/results be disseminated (e.g., poster, presentation, publication, etc.)?
  8. Include a timeline for the proposed project.
  9. Is the project replicable? Is the project’s impact sustainable? Please explain.
  10. Is any portion of the project being funded by another source, and/or is this project part of a larger funding proposal? Will there be other support for the project (in-kind, matching funds, etc.)?

In addition to the written proposal, the following supporting materials are also required:

  1. Detailed project budget
  2. Letter of support signed by an official of the sponsoring organization

Open date: October 2, 2017
Deadline: November 10, 2017

Special Funding Opportunity

This grant cycle also includes a special opportunity to apply for an award in the area of substance use disorders (SUD), with a focus on enhancing knowledge of SUD treatment research and promoting adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices.

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IMPACT Grant Recipients

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Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce at or 571-319-4510.