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ACCEL Grant Program

To be considered for support, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to Sickle Cell and are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Proof of tax-exempt status will be required.
  • Specific to institutions, and not community based organizations.
  • Have the organizational capacity needed to manage the proposed project's timeline and deliverables.
  • Only one grant proposal application per organization will be considered.
  • Previous ACCEL awardees may apply, but preference will be given to new program initiatives.
  • Submit an application by the stated deadline 5pm PT July 29th, 2022.

Follow these steps to submit a funding request:

  1. Confirm your organization's eligibility
    a. Verify whether your organization is eligible to submit a funding request application. Visit the Eligibility section for requirements and restrictions.

  2. Sign in or create an account
    a. An account is required for our online funding system. Once your account is created, you will be able submit a funding application. Be sure to save your login information for future applications.

  3. Complete online application
    a. Complete your funding request via our funding request system.

  4. Review and submit your application
    a. Review your application thoroughly for accuracy and completeness before submitting it for funding consideration. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of a submitted application to the primary and secondary contacts listed in the application.

The Access to Excellent Care for Sickle Cell Patients (ACCEL) Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACCEL?

The Access to Excellent Care for Sickle Cell Patients (ACCEL) is a grant awarded to institutions and healthcare organizations for programs with a focus on patient access to care, supporting SCD clinics and transition of care from pediatric to adult.

Grants will be awarded toorganizations seeking to provide innovative and sustainable health care solutions that supportSCD patients, caregivers and the overall SCD community. U.S.-based nonprofit organizationdedicated to SCD with 501(c)(3) public charity status are eligible to apply.

Can past grantees re-apply?

  • Yes, organizations that have been awarded grants in prior years may reapply; however, preference will be given to new program proposals

When are proposals due?

  • Complete Applications are due by 5:00pm Pacific Time on July 29, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will not be evaluated.

How long is the funding term?

  • The funding period is 12 months from the date of award.

How many awards will be given?

  • Up to five proposals of up to $100,000 will be funded, for a total of up to $500,000.

Can proposals support existing programs?

  • Yes, proposals may expand upon existing programs or services - however it will be important to show how the program will grow with new funding if awarded.

Which topic areas or categories will be considered for funding?

Suggested Access to Excellent Care for Sickle Cell Patients programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transition of Care: Pediatric to adult care
  • Innovative Patient Access to Care Models
  • Building innovative SCD clinics

How are proposals submitted?

What is included in the submission packet?

Applications must be in English with currency listed in USD. To submit a proposal, complete and submit the ACCEL grant proposal application form online. A list of required documentation is included below.

  1. Cover letter written on your organization's letter head with the following information:
    1. Formal request for funds
    2. Description of the project for which you seek funding
  2. Detailed scope of work including objectives, quarterly milestones, contingency planning and sustainability
  3. Biographical sketch of project lead and detailed narrative of key personnel including title, qualifications, role, and % FTE
  4. Detailed line item budget that includes the following:
    1. Essential permanent equipment directly relevant to the ACCEL grant
    2. Supplies (broken down by subcategory, e.g., postage, print or training materials)
    3. Indirect costs (reasonable)
    4. Other expenses relevant to the conduct of the grant's goals/intended outcomes
  5. W-9 form (signed/dated not more than one 1 year ago)
  6. IRS tax determination letter of 501(c)(3) status

What are the funding restrictions?

The following are outside the purview of this funding opportunity:

  • Activities hosted at lavish facilities such as a spa or resort
  • Alcohol
  • Capital development that includes building construction or fundraising (does not preclude seeking funds from other sponsors)
  • Funding market research or analysis to build a business plan
  • Medical and scientific research (e.g., Investigator Sponsored Trials)
  • Entertainment
  • Fee for Service Arrangements (including Honoraria)
  • Influencing legislation/lobbying
  • Travel unrelated to program
  • Tuition fees or Scholarships (including continuing medical education)
  • Voter registration drive
  • Healthcare prescriber salaries/compensation are prohibited

Is there a required budget template?

  • You are welcome to use your own template; however, budgets must be detailed (see question above with information regarding what should be included in your budget).

What are the evaluation criteria?

Responses to questions or requirements identified in the application will form the basis of evaluation. The final decision and award(s) granted by The GBT Foundation will be subject to the following key decision criteria about each application:

  • SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, & timely) goals & objectives
  • Strength of proposal
  • Highest potential impact to SCD community
  • Evaluation methods and sustainability plan
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Continuation/sustainability plan

Who is on the review committee?

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a panel comprised of GBT Foundation personnel and external stakeholders with expertise in the issues affecting people with SCD.

Are there other required steps if a grant is awarded?

  • All proposals which are awarded a grant will be required to sign a grant award letter agreeing to the terms upon which such grant will be provided. GBT Foundation does not have any obligations to a grant requestor until the parties have signed a grant award letter.

Are there any reporting requirements for grantees?

  • Grantees are required to submit a mid-year report during the funding period documenting milestone(s) achieved and funds used to date. A final report documenting project outcomes and use of funds is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant (as identified in the grant award letter). Additionally, there will be a quarterly check in call with GBT Foundation personnel.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Inquiries concerning this funding opportunity are encouraged. Please contact GBTFoundation@gbt.com to request additional information or ask questions.

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