Finding Support: Fertility Treatment Grants & Resources
Going through fertility challenges or losses can often leave you feeling very isolated. We're here to remind you that no matter what stage of the journey you're in, there is such a beautiful community ready to embrace you.
Whether you're looking for financial grants to help you access fertility care, emotional support surrounding a loss, or other community resources, these organizations and advocacy groups are ready to meet you right where you are.
Note: As some of these organizations deal directly with supporting families through loss, there are mentions of pregnancy and child loss that may be difficult to read. Please use your own discretion and take care of yourself by skipping over them if these topics are too tough for you at the moment.
The Fertility Community is Strong
You know the saying: "Worst club, best members." No one wants to go through infertility, but those who have to join the club are some of the strongest, bravest, kindest souls around.
Many of these organizations were founded or are run by fellow infertility warriors - meaning they don't just talk the talk, they've actually walked the (very difficult) walk too. They offer everything from financial grants for fertility treatment to tailored support for those experiencing devastating losses.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we want to introduce you to some of our favorite organizations and advocacy groups and highlight the amazing work they do to support the fertility community!
10 Organizations Offering Fertility Treatment Grants or Support
After experiencing a stillbirth and tragically losing their son Benjamin, Emily Clare and Jonathan Cafasso turned their pain into action by creating Benjamin's Gift. By pouring their broken hearts into serving other parents in need, the Cafassos have been able to give purpose to their seemingly unbearable loss.
Their mission: To provide financial support to bereaved parents for medical and hospital costs associated with stillbirth.
When Erica McAfee went through a stillbirth, then miscarriage, she went looking for a community of Black women sharing experiences around miscarriage and infertility. After realizing it didn't exist yet, she started Sisters In Loss. Offering support via bereavement doulas, online infant and pregnancy loss support groups, a podcast, and more, Sisters In Loss works to ensure that no parent goes through loss or infertility alone.
Their mission: To help Black women replace silence with storytelling around pregnancy and infant loss and infertility.
Looking for financial grants for IVF treatment? The Nest Egg Foundation is a great place to turn (and even more exciting - their application window is open now, so apply below)! This not-for-profit foundation is a collaborative effort between medical and financial professionals, attorneys and others who care about building families and want to help those who cannot afford fertility treatments.
Their mission: To give opportunities to those struggling with infertility via education and access to treatment.
The Nest Egg application window is open now through June 18th:
If you've been in the infertility world for even a short while, you'll have heard about Resolve New England. This organization is an amazing resource for anyone going through fertility challenges! From peer support groups to educational opportunities like their annual conferences and ongoing advocacy work, Resolve New England is a great place to turn for support.
Fun fact: RMA of Connecticut's Patient Advocate Lisa Rosenthal is Resolve New England's treasurer, and an active Resolve member and advocate!
Their mission: To provide education, support, and advocacy for all in New England trying to grow their families.
Cozy Warrior was founded by Anna and Jeremy, a couple who dealt with infertility for over eight years. After going through Clomid treatment, IUIs, egg retrievals, IVF, infertility surgeries, biopsies, Eastern Medicine, Western Medicine, and a 5-week miscarriage, largely on their own, they decided to start speaking up about infertility and formed a non-profit organization focused on supporting individuals and couples who are struggling to conceive a child.
Their mission: To spread positivity and gratitude, to connect and encourage, and to get a pair of cozy, warm, you-got-this socks to every woman on the journey.
Cozy Warrior is now accepting grant applications!
Co-founded by two fertility warriors and fierce advocates Davina Fankhauser and Sandra O'Keefe, Fertility Within Reach is passionate about helping policymakers and others understand the importance of comprehensive fertility care and benefits. Their work has been instrumental in passing legislation that allows more people to access fertility care and treatment.
You can check out their list of financial grants and resources here.
Their mission: To increase access to health benefits for fertility treatment and preservation. Fertility Within Reach works hard to alleviate emotional, physical and financial stressors as individuals strive to build their family.
Created in 2010, AGC Scholarships' board of directors is comprised entirely of women who understand what it's like to battle infertility - making their desire to help those with fertility struggles even more powerful. AGC Scholarships awards grants to those seeking fertility treatment who demonstrate financial need. Keep an eye out so you don't miss the next application window!
Their mission: To make it possible for couples without financial resources to fulfill their dream of becoming parents.
Another wonderful resource is Baby Quest Foundation, also founded by two women who went through infertility themselves. Baby Quest provides financial assistance through fertility grants to those who cannot afford the high costs of procedures such as IVF (in vitro fertilization), gestational surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, and embryo donation.
Their mission: To ensure that the high cost of fertility treatments doesn't come in the way of becoming a parent.
The Tinina Q Cade Foundation has a fascinating story! It is named after founders' Drs. Jason and Camille Hammond's mother, who carried their triplets at the age of 55, after the Hammonds' discovered they were dealing with infertility. They work tirelessly to support, empower, and encourage families going through the same struggles.
Their mission: To provide information, support, and financial assistance to help needy infertile families overcome infertility.
Awarding financial grants ranging from $250 to $5,000, The Hope for Fertility Foundation offers a light at the end of the tunnel for people unable to access needed fertility treatment and care. Keep an eye out for the next application window!
Their mission: To offer financial assistance for infertility treatments, surrogacy or adoption to people all across the United States.
You're Never Alone
Financial support isn't the only kind of support that can be crucial on your fertility journey. Gathering the courage to seek out other kinds of support can make a huge difference.
- Reach out to your Care Team for help finding one-on-one counseling and mental health support whenever you need it. Your brain is important too!
- Look into support groups in your area, either offered by your fertility clinic or in the community. Not up for in-person groups? There are lots of virtual offerings - including RMA of Connecticut's weekly and monthly support groups.
If you're fortunate enough to be on the other side of infertility, or simply want to give back to the fertility community, consider donating or volunteering at any of the charitable organizations we mentioned above.
No matter what you're going through, know that there are amazing resources available to you. It takes courage to reach out, but the benefits of creating your own personal network of mental, emotional and physical support are immeasurable.
About Sierra Dehmler
Sierra Dehmler is RMA of Connecticut’s Content Marketing Manager. She has a background in marketing, content creation/production, and writing, and a passion for families and healthcare. Sierra loves traveling, tacos, and creating content that helps our patients navigate their own unique journeys (not necessarily in that order).