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JFF Fertility GRANT FAQS

What types of fertility grants are offered by JFF?

The Jewish Fertility Foundation offers grants towards the cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) for Jewish people experiencing medical infertility. 


How much money does JFF offer its grantees?

IVF Grants 

$1,000 - $10,000  (Atlanta)

$1,000 - $7,500  (Cincinnati)

Additionally:

  • Each of our partnering clinics offers a 20% discount to JFF grantees
  • JFF offers up to $7,500 of Interest-Free loans to grantees, through our partnering organizations

IUI Grants

$1,000 


What are the qualifications of the JFF grants?

  • MEDICAL INFERTILITY: You (or your partner) must have a diagnosis of infertility from a reproductive endocrinologist.
  • BASIC FERTILITY WORKUP: You should have completed a basic fertility workup prior to consideration that will include:
    1. AMH
    2. Semen Analysis (unless paying for a sperm donor)
    3. HSG
    4. Ultrasound for uterine architecture
    5. Bloodwork for ovarian reserve and FSH levels
    6. BMI
    7. AFC
    8. JScreen Genetic Testing (Free for JFF Grantees)

  • RELIGION: Jewish-defined as at least 1 Jewish parent  (Jewish = as from birth or conversion from any denomination); the intention of raising child Jewish
  • AGE: Priority to female candidates aged 37 and under (if you are using an egg donor, the age of the donor is taken into account)
  • LIFESTYLE: Non-smoker, non-drug user
  • PRESENCE OF CHILDREN: Up to 1 from the woman
  • EXCEPTIONS: Will not consider those candidates that require fertility treatments due to vasectomy or BTL (bilateral tubal ligation).
  • USE AN ATLANTA FERTILITY CLINICYou do not need to live in Atlanta to be considered for a grant, but you must use one of JFF's participating clinics, listed below.


Does it matter which clinic I use? 

Yes, You must use one of SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) Certified Clinics within Atlanta or Cincinnati. Please note, each of these clinics offers IVF discounts to JFF Grantees of approximately 20%. 

  • Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM)- Atlanta
  • Emory Reproductive Center- Atlanta
  • Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA)- Atlanta
  • Shady Grove Fertility- Atlanta
  • Institute for Reproductive Health- Cincinnati
  • Bethesda Fertility Center- Cincinnati (Partnership Pending)
  • Center for Reproductive Health UC Health- Cincinnati (Partnership Pending)


Where can I find the medical form for my doctor?

Download it here


Where can I find the JFF Applicant Financials form for my application?

Download it here

If I am selected to receive  grant money from JFF, how will the money be distributed?

  • If selected to receive a grant from JFF, the money will be sent directly to the fertility clinic to cover fertility treatments. The recipient will not receive money directly. 
  •  We will work with you and the clinic to coordinate receipt of funds in a manner that ensures your treatments can proceed smoothly.
  • The IVF grant will be split into two payments 1) prior to egg retrieval and 2) prior to embryo transfer.
  • The IUI grant will be paid prior to treatment.


How much funding is typically awarded for the IVF grant?

  •  Each case is considered individually based on treatment costs and the applicant’s financial situation. And all applicants will be required to make a personal contribution to the cost of treatment.
  • JFF IVF Grants generally range between $1,000 and $10,000 (in Atlanta) and $1,000 and $7,500 (in Cincinnati).
  • Additionally, each of our participating clinics offers IVF discounts to JFF IVF Grantees of approximately 20%.
  • All Atlanta, GA residents are eligible to receive a $7,500 interest-free loan through our local partners JIFLA.
  • All Cincinnati, OH residents are eligible to receive a $5,000 interest-free loan through our local partners The Hebrew Free Loan.


What does the IVF grant cover/not cover?

  • The grant money will cover treatments performed on the applicant at the fertility clinic for a new IVF cycle. 
  • The grant money does not include testing prior to the IVF cycle, Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGS), any medications taken throughout the cycle, egg or sperm donation, or any surrogacy charges (aside from the IVF cycle).
  • The IVF grant might cover Money Back Guarantee Programs through your clinic. If you are considering this option, please contact Elana Frank


What is the time frame for the application process?

  • Grant decisions are generally made within 2-4 weeks after the application is received. 


How will I be notified of a decision?

  • Once a decision has been made, you will be notified if you have been selected or declined.


How long do I have to use the funding

  • Funding must be used within 1 year.


What is the process once you receive my completed application?

  • SCREENING: Your application will first be screened to ensure that it is complete and that you meet our qualifications for the grant. 
  • FINANCIAL QUALIFICATION COMMITTEE: From there, it will be presented to our Financial Qualification Committee (FQC) where it will be analyzed for financial eligibility. 
  • MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE: If approved by the FQC, the application will be presented to our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).  They will review the application to determine medical eligibility and make their recommendations.  
  • NOTIFICATION: Once the “score” and the grant amount is determined, the applicant(s) will be notified. All applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks of the application deadline.


How confidential is the information I’m submitting?

  • Your review process is completely confidential. We will keep your information on file throughout the application and review process.  After 2 months, your private information will be shredded.
  • Once your application has been processed, your name is no longer attached to the application. Instead of referring to your application by name, you are assigned a number.


Do I qualify to apply for the grant if I/my partner isn’t Jewish?

  • Our organization defines Jewish as at least one Jewish parent (from birth or conversion from any denomination). 
  • We require that our applicants have the intention to raise their child Jewish.


I've been awarded an IVF grant previously, may I apply again?

  • Yes, you may apply up to 2 times.


Can I apply for the grant if I already have children?

  • We will consider an applicant for funding who has one child already (from the woman).  


If you have any additional questions after reading these FAQ, please contact  Elana Frank

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