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Impact Awards

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To expand the reach of existing collaborative projects that demonstrate the ability to improve access to genetic services and support. Funding from this award cannot be used for developing new projects.


Genetic Alliance, as part of the National Genetics Education and Consumer Network (NGECN), will fund proposals to expand the reach of existing outreach and education programs and improve access to genetic services and support. Up to $25,000 will be offered per award, and a total of $175,000 will be distributed as part of the award process.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how they will expand their existing education and outreach program in one or more of the following ways:

  • Expand upon existing activities to target new disease populations
  • Expand the capacity of an existing project to reach a new geographical area (state or regional)
  • Build upon existing efforts using a novel or targeted method of outreach

Programs should look to create novel partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships that will help them expand their activities, reach larger numbers of consumers, and/or expand to reach a new population (i.e. new condition or disease). The goal of this project is to establish sustainability through buy-in from outside partners of a proven approach to outreach and education.

Applications for the Impact Awards have closed. Here is the original full Request for Proposals.


Request for proposals released: January 17, 2014
Informational webinar: January 23, 2014

Letter of intent deadline for submissions (Optional):

February 15, 2014
Proposals due: March 14, 2014
Applicants notified of funding decisions: April 2, 2014
Funding period begins: May 1, 2014

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar took place Thursday, January 23, 2014 and was recorded to address general questions regarding this funding opportunity. The recording of this webinar is below.

Click here to view slides

If you have additional questions, please send them to

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Click here to read answers to all of the questions received to date regarding this award opportunity. 

Inquiries regarding specifications should be submitted via email to Sharon Romelczyk at

Resources for the Grant

Guide to Successful Outreach and Education Programs


This award opportunity is part of a larger initiative around public education and engagement of individuals and families to improve access to and knowledge about genetic services. The National Genetics Education and Consumer Network (NGECN) is a three-year initiative led by Genetic Alliance in conjunction with the efforts of the American College of Medical Genetics’ National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives (NCC). This collaboration and award opportunity are supported by the Genetics Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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