JFF Fertility Grants
For Atlanta, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Greater-DC, Pittsburgh, and Tampa residents.
- A Diagnosis
- Grant Eligibility
- Fertility Medication Discounts
- Funding FAQs
- Grant Decisions
The First Step
No matter what stage you are in, the first step for applying for a grant is to have a medical diagnosis of infertility.
How do I receive a medical diagnosis?
- Visit a reproductive endocrinologist for a diagnosis of infertility. (You or your partner)
- If you have questions about your diagnosis, reach out to one of our JFF staff members or reach out to our partners at CoFertility.
- Get a basic fertility workup consisting of:
- Semen Analysis (unless paying for a sperm donor)
- Ultrasound for uterine architecture
- Bloodwork for ovarian reserve and FSH levels
Should I apply?
If you’ve received a medical infertility diagnosis, you may be qualified to apply for a JFF grant.
Can I apply?
- Must live in a JFF Community
- Have at least 1 Jewish parent with the intention of raising the child Jewish (Jewish = as from birth or conversion from any denomination)
- Be a non-smoker, non-drug user
- May already have up to one child
- NOT eligible if fertility treatments are due to vasectomy or BTL (bilateral tubal ligation)
JFF – JScreen Partnership
If you’re currently family planning or in the early stages of pregnancy, we want to ensure that access to genetic carrier testing isn’t a concern. Our partners at JScreen, a national non-profit public health initiative based out of Emory University’s Department of Human Genetics, are here for you by providing affordable at-home access to expanded carrier screening for 226 diseases.
Use coupon code JScreenAtHome for $18 off the already subsidized $299 price at JScreen.org. Plan ahead for the health of your future family.
If you are a JFF Grantee, JFF requires you to take a JScreen test and will cover the entire cost of the test. Partners are not required to take the test (but may) and you do not need to share the results of the test with JFF.
How much money does JFF offer its grantees?
- Atlanta: $1,000 – $10,000
- Birmingham: $1,000 – $7,500
- Cincinnati: $1,000 – $10,000
- Greater DC: $1,000 – $5,000
- Pittsburgh: $1,000 – $7,500
- Tampa: $1,000 – $5,000
- Each of our partnering clinics offers a significant discount to JFF grantees. Please note that the discount might not apply to their baby guarantee programs.
- JFF offers up to $10,000 of Interest-Free loans to grantees, through our partnering organizations.
Does it matter which clinic I use?
Yes, you must use one of the fertility clinics listed below. Please note, each of these clinics offers IVF and IUI discounts to JFF Grantees of approximately 20%. (The discount might not apply to their baby guarantee programs.)
- Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM)
- Emory Reproductive Center
- Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA)
- Shady Grove Fertility – Atlanta
- Bethesda Fertility Center
- Institute for Reproductive Health
- SpringCreek Fertility
- UC Center for Reproductive Health
- Shady Grove Fertility- Arlington
- Shady Grove Fertility- Dulles-Aldie
- Shady Grove Fertility- Fairfax
- Shady Grove Fertility – Fair Oaks
- Shady Grove Fertility- K Street
- Shady Grove Fertility- Rockville
- Shady Grove Fertility- Sibley
What part of the IVF process can a JFF grant be applied to?
JFF grants can be applied to the cost of an egg retrieval and/or embryo transfer IF the patient has been diagnosed with Medical Infertility by one of JFF’s Partner Fertility Clinics.
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.
- An IVF grant will be split into two payments 1) prior to egg retrieval and 2) prior to embryo transfer.
- An IUI grant will be paid prior to treatment.
- See below for notes on how JFF offers grants for Baby Guarantee Programs.
Do JFF Fertility Grants cover Shared Risk Program?
Yes, with the following notes:
- No clinic discounts are applied to the Shared Risk Program.
- JFF will pay the full grant upfront, prior to treatment.
- If the patient is removed from the program, 100% of the funds from the JFF Fertility Grant go back to JFF (the patient pays for any administration fees).
- If there is no success through the terms of the clinic agreement, JFF is reimbursed for the full grant amount.
- The Shared Risk Program may also known as the Baby Guarantee Program.
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.
- Additionally, each of our participating clinics offers IVF discounts to JFF IVF Grantees of approximately 20%. Please note that the discount might not apply toward their baby guarantee programs.
- All Atlanta, GA residents are eligible to receive a $10,000 interest-free loan through our local partners JIFLA. On the application, you can check a box to let us know if you want us to share your application with JIFLA.
- All Cincinnati, OH residents are eligible to receive a $7,500 interest-free loan through our local partners The Hebrew Free Loan. On the application, you can check a box to let us know if you want us to share your application with The Hebrew Free Loan.
- All Birmingham, AL residents are eligible to receive a $3,000 interest-free loan through our local partners The Birmingham Jewish Foundation. On the application, you can check a box to let us know if you want us to share your application with the Foundation.
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.
How long do I have to use the funding?
Funding must be used within 1 year.
Can I apply for a 2nd grant? What steps do I need to take?
- Yes! You can apply for up to 2 JFF grants. Please email Elana Frank the following information without submitting an entirely new application:
- Personal Statment: Add a few sentences in red on top of your (previous) personal statement addressing why you are requiring an additional grant.
- Medical – New form required: Please have your physician complete and sign the medical form (download here).
- Financials- ONLY required if your grant application was from the previous year: JFF Applicant Financials (download here) + Last two (2) Federal income tax returns for both applicants + Two (2) most recent pay stubs for both applicants + Two (2) most recent Forms W-2 for both applicants
I read through the FAQs and would like to apply
Apply for a JFF Grant
If you’ve read all of the Funding FAQs, you can continue with an application.
How are the grant decisions made?
How we decide
Each case is individually considered 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.
Grant decisions are generally made within 2-4 weeks after the application is received.
- 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.