Paying for fertility treatments is expensive. To help we’ve compiled a list of grants & charities available to help you through the process of family building using assisted reproductive technology or adoption. Gay Parents To Be staff has confirmed the eligibility listed below, but as always, we encourage you to read the fine print and ask questions! If you encounter a problem of any kind during the application process, please let us know by emailing info@gayparentstobe.com

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General Grants, Charities, & Nonprofits

AGC Scholarship Foundation 

AGC Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit group committed to providing both advocacy and financial support for those struggling with infertility in the U.S. The AGC Hope Scholarship will give couples or individuals who do not have the financial resources to pay for infertility treatments the opportunity to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must have a diagnosis of infertility, be over 18 years of age and be U.S. citizens.

BabyQuest Foundation 

BabyQuest Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF, egg donation, and surrogacy. Applications are accepted from heterosexual, same-sex couples, and singles.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants may reside anywhere in the United States. They must demonstrate financial need and submit required medical documentation. Applicants must demonstrate overall good physical and mental health, be under the age of 40, and meet the definition of infertility as determined by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition, applicants need to show financial stability including basic health insurance for mother/prenatal care, adequate living arrangements and means for child support.

The Family Formation Charitable Trust 

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys’ Family Formation Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to individuals and nonprofit organizations seeking to build families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. 

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. No diagnosis of infertility is required. Grant application is open to individuals or couples. At least one prospective parent in a relationship must be a U.S. citizen.

Footsteps for Fertility Foundation 

Footsteps for Fertility Foundation offers grants of either $5,000 each or less, depending on the cost of required treatment or in-kind donated services from clinical partners. Grants are awarded by random selection following a 5K-race event. They also offer a national, awarded by random selection via social media. This is more of a raffle than a grant. Participants pay a race fee of around $35 and an application fee of around $30. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Race event applicants and national applicants must meet the definition of infertility as defined by SART. Race event applicants must register for the race and create a race team.

INCIID IVF Scholarships

pronounced “Inside”

 With this program, fertility doctors donate their services and facilities to couples in need of assistance. The program is designed to cover most of the basic IVF expenses. Donated treatments are provided. No cash is given to recipients. 

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. To be eligible, couples need to register with INCIID and be active members on their message boards or Facebook page. They are also required to actively fundraise for INCIID and must raise $3,800 before being matched with a clinic, and donate $55 or more annually with the INCIID community. Applicants need to provide proof of financial need and meet the medical criteria for infertility, have cancer, or have a genetic condition which causes infertility. Couples without children are preferred. Recipients must be willing to “go public” with their story via a video. Application process Every application is kept on file for two years. Selected applicants partner with INCIID and have a small fundraising requirement. The scholarships are reviewed every month with deadlines being the last working day of every month. 

Journey to Parenthood 

Journey to Parenthood helps couples and individuals dealing with infertility achieve their dreams of becoming parents by providing financial and emotional support along their journey, as well as to provide education and resources. Grants awarded are up to $10,000. Grants cover IVF, IUI, egg donation, surrogacy, and adoption. Must provide proof of a stable home.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. and must be treated by a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist (REI) in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate that they can provide a stable home environment and significant financial obstacles with building their family. 


East Coast Region

The Cade Foundation 

The Cade Foundation helps couples by providing several different types of grants to those struggling with infertility. These grants provide up to $10,000 per funded family (as funds permit) to help with costs of domestic adoption and medical fertility treatment. Several of their grants require diagnosis at Shady Grove Fertility. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must have documented infertility and must be a legal, permanent residents of the U.S.

The Kyle and Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund 

The Kyle & Samantha Busch Bundle of Joy Fund is a monetary award for in-need families struggling with infertility. These funds assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment through the REACH Clinic of Charlotte. Applicants must receive a diagnosis of infertility at a REACH Clinic prior to applying for the grant. 

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must have a diagnosis of infertility from the REACH Clinic of Charlotte, and must be a permanent US resident in North or South Carolina.

Nest Egg Foundation 

Grants can only be used to pay for In Vitro Fertilization only. This can include the IVF treatment cycle, embryo, egg or sperm cryopreservation, embryo testing and cycle medications. Please keep in mind the grant will cover up to $10,000 of treatment. Applicants will be responsible for costs exceeding $10,000. Grant funding can be used at one of the two Connecticut Centers of Excellence, the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS) and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. New York and Connecticut residents only. No infertility diagnosis required for same-sex couples or individuals.


Midwest Region

Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation 

The Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote health and alleviate mental and physical distress of individuals and couples diagnosed with infertility through education and financial assistance grants. The foundation offers Life Grants which can provide up to $10,000 to cover the cost of assisted reproductive technology, adoption, or third party reproduction. Grants available for IVF, PGD, oncofertility, and transfertility. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must reside in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin and have a diagnosis of infertility certified by a medical provider, with the exception of applicants who are single, or part of a same-sex couple. Specific grant applications have additional criteria.

Parental Hope 

Parental Hope is dedicated to raising awareness about infertility, providing emotional support to those battling infertility through support groups and providing financial support to couples battling infertility through the Parental Hope Family Grant. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All grant recipients will receive treatment at the Institute of Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Applicants must meet one of the requirements below: 

    1. a) have a medical diagnosis of infertility by a Reproductive Endocrinologist according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s definition of Infertility 
    2. b) be a carrier of a genetic disease or chromosomal disorder that requires the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) services for healthy offspring
    3. c) a Reproductive Endocrinologist has recommended ART services due to recurrent pregnancy loss. 

Applications for grants require a $50 fee.


Patient-Specific Support

Hasidah 

Hasidah is the voice of hope and compassion that raises awareness of infertility, connects people to support resources, and reduces financial barriers to fertility treatment in the Jewish community. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Judaism must be the sole religion practiced in the home and applicants need to demonstrate a connection to Jewish life. Applicants must be U.S. residents, must demonstrate good physical and mental health and must have health insurance but not IVF coverage. Grants are for IVF and related services, ie, PGD, ICSI, medications, etc. Cigarette smokers are not accepted. BMI must be within the normal range.

Gay Parenting Assistance Program

Offered in partnership with Men Having Babies Facilitates, offers discounted or free services via 50 IVF programs. 

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Program limited to men, or transgender women. Financial eligibility requirements also apply.

JFCS Fertility Fund: A Gift From the Heart 

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS) has a fund to help Jewish individuals and families who are confronted with infertility and the financial burden of fertility treatments that are not covered by insurance. 

Eligibility  

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be Jewish, and live in the greater Philadelphia area and have a diagnosis of infertility.

Livestrong Fertility Program

This program is specific to individuals whose infertility is affected by cancer treatment. The program provides fertility preservation services to couples and offers assistance through various means, including egg and sperm banking, medical services and medications. Services like egg and embryo freezing are also available. Instead of providing IVF grants, the program works with clinics and companies to give discounted services and donated select medications to selected applicants. 

Eligibility 

LGBTQ-friendly. Program specific to individuals whose infertility is affected by cancer treatment, with additional financial requirements.