Applying for a Grant
Am I eligible for a Baby Quest grant?
Grant eligibility depends on the applicant’s circumstances (i.e. underlying cause of infertility, financial situation and other life factors) and their meeting a set of requirements, as listed below. Note that Baby Quest does not reimburse for treatment already begun.
We strive to be diverse in regards to ethnicity, sexual orientation, and geography. Grants are available to singles and couples, both same-sex and heterosexual.
Note that meeting grant requirements does not assure receiving a grant. Baby Quest receives hundreds of applications each cycle, and we are unable to fund all those who apply.
More information is available on our FAQs page.
For your convenience, please use the following checklist to determine your eligibility.
Type of treatments/procedures covered: Baby Quest funds a range of procedures including (but not limited to) egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, embryo donation, and gestational surrogacy. In addition, Baby Quest accepts applications from those who require IVF with PGD (genetic testing) to eliminate passing along heredity diseases.
Failure to conceive naturally: Baby Quest covers failure to conceive via unprotected intercourse for around 12 months before an infertility evaluation is undertaken (unless medical history, age, or physical findings dictate earlier evaluation and treatment.)
Overall health: All applicants must demonstrate overall good physical and mental health and have no medical conditions that would pose a serious risk to themselves or, in the case of females, the child they would carry (e.g. active acute infections.)
Residence: Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States and must be under the care of an accredited fertility facility (of their choice) within the United States.
Living arrangements: All applicants must maintain adequate living arrangements (must lease or own a residence.)
Means for child support: All applicants must possess the means to offer continued child support (at least one partner must maintain employment.)
Health Insurance: All applicants must have basic health insurance for mother and baby with sufficient prenatal coverage.
If you had applied for a Baby Quest grant before: Applicants may apply a total of 2 times. Each application must be accompanied by a $50 fee and a new application form, medical form, etc.
Receiving financial aid from other charities: We do not generally grant awards to those already receiving financial help from other charities. Note that this does NOT include discounts from fertility clinics and bank loans.
Your fertility timeline: Baby Quest does not reimburse for procedures already begun.
Readiness to begin treatment: Recipients must begin treatment within three months of receiving a grant.
Diversity: We respect diversity. Grant are available to same-sex and heterosexual couples and singles.
The Application Process
What you need to know
- The next grant deadline is September 9, 2020.
- Grants are awarded two times yearly. Applications MUST be in our hands by the deadline. Finalists may be contacted to provide additional information. All applicants will be notified via email approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline.
- To ensure applicants’ privacy, application information for those not selected as grant recipients will be destroyed one month after the grant deadline. For this reason, repeat applicants must submit all forms and accompanying information anew.
- If you’re selected for a grant, you may be required to undergo a background check (cost of approximately $250 paid by recipient)
Applicants from the Detroit area will be considered for both the Kenya Gift of Life Grant and the regular Baby Quest Grants.
What you need to include with your application
Completed Baby Quest Grant Application Form, including medical evaluation portion and discount confirmation from EMD Serono (see Section 2 in the Application Form for details). The medical portion of the application is to be completed by the physician. Please allow sufficient time for your physician to complete these pages and return them to you.
Personal story – 2 pages maximum. One photo required. (See sample story)
Signed media release form giving Baby Quest permission to use your story (included with application.) Recipients are often asked to do interviews, both print and TV. Photos will also be posted on Facebook with first names and location only.
A copy of both sides of applicant’s insurance card and that of partner (if applicable).
Non-refundable Application Fee of $50. Please make check payable to Baby Quest Foundation (personal or cashier’s checks only, no money orders please.)
What happens after you submit your application?
Within a few days of our receiving your paperwork, you will be sent an email confirmation. Some applicants MAY be asked to provide additional information.
Applications are thoroughly reviewed by various committees:
- Women’s health advocates
- Financial advisers
- Reproductive specialists
Approximately 4 – 6 weeks after grant deadline, those selected will be called. Those NOT receiving a grant will receive an email. Grant selections will also be announced on social media.