Must both partners be U.S. citizens?

Applicants must be United States (U.S.) citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

Do we have to be residents of North Carolina?

No.  As of June 2012, the grant process is open to any of the states in the United States as long as the patients do not have any insurance coverage for IVF or have not used any insurance coverage for IVF.

What is the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation Grant?

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation grant is a grant that awards funds toward fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), IVF using donor eggs and embryo adoption.

How often is the grant awarded?

Grants are awarded several times a year based on Board of Directors’ meetings.

How many grants are awarded?

The number of grants awarded each year will vary and are contingent upon availability of funds. You are encouraged to carefully and thoroughly answer each section of the application. We also encourage you to seek additional sources of fertility treatment funding.

How will the grant monies be distributed?

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation will work with the grant recipient in organizing payments to a certified fertility clinic in the United States for fertility services received.  The grants may not be used for cycles that have already begun and/or have been completed.

Does the grant apply to intrauterine insemination (IUI), tubal reversals and other procedures?

The grant applies only to in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF), IVF with donor eggs and embryo adoption. We do NOT cover tubal reversals.

What IVF costs are covered by the grant?

The grant money can be used toward any of the costs of IVF (monitoring, ultrasounds, anesthesia, retrieval, fertilization and culture of the egg, transfer, etc.). Depending on the amount of grant money awarded, it may or may not cover all costs associated with the patient’s cycle. (Excludes blood work)  The grants may not be used for cycles that have already begun and/or have been completed

Will the grant cover a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle?

Yes, if it is for embryo adoption, from a certified fertility clinic that has an embryo adoption program.

Is fertility medication considered part of the costs of IVF?

No. Fertility medication is a separate expense not covered by the grant. Some or all of your fertility medications may be covered by your prescription coverage or maybe an out of the pocket expense.

Can the time for using the grant be extended beyond one year?

The grant time limit has been established for awarded funds to be used within 12 months from the date of the award. Special consideration will be given to patients who are deployed through the U.S. military or are in treatment for cancer.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, the age limit for the female partner is under 40 years old, unless using donor eggs or doing embryo adoption. The application states that the female patient must be under the age of 40 when starting an IVF cycle.

Can you have children already?

Yes, but the selection process is preferential for those without children and for those who have already spent funds on fertility treatment.

Is there an annual minimum or maximum income?

There is no minimum or maximum. The tax returns and answers to the financial question must reflect an ability to financially support a child. However, the amount you have already spent out of pocket on fertility treatments (or the cost of buying Clomid, or Nolvadex, for example) will be taken into consideration.

What if I have incomplete medical insurance coverage?

You must have medical insurance and be able to provide proof of medical insurance to cover your health care needs. Grants will be awarded only to those without any fertility insurance coverage or IVF medical insurance coverage.

Do I need to provide a physician’s written recommendation?

A physician’s recommendation for fertility treatment is required. We encourage you to provide a letter from a physician or a copy of your fertility workup with your application. The date on the documents should be within the past two years.

Do I need to have male partner?

No, but the clarification of relationship stability is required.

Can a single person apply for the grant?

Yes. However, we suggest the application contain detailed information on the applicant’s support system, stability and overall plan to raise a child alone.

If I am considering or need egg donation to pursue IVF, may I apply for the grant?

Yes, you may submit an application for the grant. You must state your plan for egg donation and the ability to afford the cost of egg donation.

If I am pursuing an IVF cycle with a surrogate carrying the pregnancy, may I apply for the grant?

Yes, you may submit an application for the grant. You must state your surrogacy plan and ability to afford the cost of surrogacy.