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.

2016 Timing and Availability of Funds

The PA Foundation will offer two grant cycles in 2016, one opening in February and the other in October.
The second cycle is now closed.

October 2016 Grant Cycle – Mental Health Focus

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.

Read the qualifications 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 501(c)(3) 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 2016 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.

2016 IMPACT Grants Requirements & Application

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

A written proposal (maximum 3 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 points of data do you anticipate collecting during this project to measure impact?
  4. Show how other PAs or PA students will be involved in this program/project. How many will be involved and what are their roles?
  5. 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.
  7. What impact will this grant funding have on the success of this program/project?

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 15, 2016
Deadline: November 18, 2016

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.