Infertility can take a devastating toll on a couple’s relationship. Not only is it emotionally challenging to face the reality that you may not be able to have children of your own, but on top of that—there are additional obstacles to overcome. That’s because diagnostics and treatments for infertility are not easily accessible or affordable. In fact, medical intervention for infertility is quite unaffordable. With the average cost of in vitro fertilization at over $12,000 per cycle, something has to give. That’s where the Hope for Fertility Foundation comes in.
Hope for Fertility Foundation is a nonprofit started in 2016 by a couple who faced infertility head-on and underwent multiple rounds of IVF therapy. Today, the nonprofit is run by volunteers and helps raise funds to provide grants to couples facing the same reality in hopes of easing the financial burden that fertility treatments leave.
The mission of the organization is “to provide HOPE to couples struggling in their journey to create or expand their families by helping them tell their story, by spreading infertility awareness, and providing financial assistance through grants and fundraisers.”
Grants are available on a recurring basis, depending on how much funds are available. For 2022, there have already been two rounds of grant application periods. The first group of recipients was announced in May, and the next group will be announced in November. Recipients receive between $250 to $5,000 to help reduce the cost of adoption or infertility treatments.
The Hope for Fertility grant covers costs associated with both adoption and infertility treatments. It does not cover medications at this time. Take a look at past grant recipients and read their stories to find out how this organization has helped couples regain hope after an infertility diagnosis.
If you’re in the same boat, struggling with infertility and the ability to pay for treatment or adoption, there is hope for you also. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for Hope for Fertility’s national grant.
There are three major criteria that must be met before you apply for the grant. First, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US. Second, you must have a physician’s diagnosis of infertility. And third, you must be legally married.
Applications are typically accepted during a 90-day period. The dates are available on the foundation’s website. For 2022, there were two 90-day periods where applications were accepted and typically there is at least one round per year.
There is a $50 non-refundable processing fee to submit along with your application. Once you’ve sent in your application, check your mail and email regularly to find out if you’re a lucky recipient.
Since one of the qualifications required to apply for the Hope for Fertility Grant is an official diagnosis of infertility, let’s cover how to get a diagnosis.
If you’ve already been trying to get pregnant for a while, then read the related content below about when to see your doctor for infertility for further testing and diagnosis.
On the other hand, if you’re not sure you need to see a doctor about infertility, but you’d like to find out if you can get your fertility tested, there’s an option for that. Check out our fertility series of articles below for more information on at-home fertility testing for men and women.
If you’re ready to talk with a board-certified OBGYN about testing your fertility or getting an official diagnosis, reach out to our team to schedule your appointment. My Virtual physician has partnered with Orchid to make at-home fertility testing accessible and affordable for our patients. Orchid is a proud sponsor of Hope for Fertility, donating 1% of all sales to the nonprofit, and shares a founder story that is very relatable to the grant provider.