Apply for a Family Building Grant

Applications Open:

April 24, 2022 to Midnight, June 1, 2022

The Coalition for Family Building's Family Building Grant is open to eligible individuals and couples to help defray the financial challenges of infertility treatment, adoption or third party reproduction. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and the number of grants available is dependent upon the Coalition's annual fundraising efforts.

See the types of Family Building Grant available and eligibility requirements below.

Financial Assistance Grants

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to individuals who need financial assistance to aid with services such as third party reproduction, adoption or medication costs associated with IVF. This is best for those that are planning to adopt or for those that have insurance coverage for IVF but need additional financial help. Please note that financial grants can only be used with medical providers or other service providers who are located in the state of Illinois.

IVF Cycle Grants

This is a donated IVF cycle from one of our Partner Practices. We have a partnership with over 75% of all IVF centers in the Chicagoland area. This grant is best for those that need to pursue IVF and do not have any insurance coverage for IVF. Due to limited availability of grants, applicants may be awarded an IVF grant at a different center from where you are currently in treatment. We do our best to place patients at a practice with geographic proximity but are not always able to do so.

JUF Path to Parenthood Grant

The Jewish United Fund (JUF) has partnered with the Coalition for Family Building to provide TWO (2) JUF Path to Parenthood Grants.

  • Financial services grant (up to $10,000 to assist with the cost of fertility treatment)
  • Adoption grant (up to $10,000 to assist with the costs of adoption)

JUF grants are available to those who reside in Illnois, in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, McHenry or Kane. JUF grant recipients must have at least one partner who identifies as a member of the Jewish community.

Magnolia Tree Grant

The Magnolia Tree Grant, donated by the Magnolia Tree Foundation, is a specialty Family Building Grant up to $5,000 which offers financial assistance to those who wish to undergo IVF-PGT (in vitro fertilization with pre-implantation genetic testing for BRCA) or freeze eggs for medical fertility preservation.

Eligible individuals must be a carrier of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation and reside in Illinois.

Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants for a Financial Services Grant or an IVF cycle Grant must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri or Wisconsin.

    • Applicants for the JUF grant must reside in Illinois in the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, McHenry or Kane.
    • Applicants for the Magnolia Tree Grant must reside in Illinois and be a carrier of the BRCA1 of BRCA2 genetic mutation
    • All applicants must have a diagnosis of infertility certified by a medical provider, with the exception of the following:

- Applicants who are single, or part of a same sex couple, are eligible to submit applications for a Life Grant
- Applicants who are applying for a grant for egg freezing for medical indications (cancer, endometriosis, other medical conditions that threaten fertility)

    • All applicants should have an annual household income of less than $200,000.
    • For requests for infertility treatment, applicants MUST have completed all required medical testing within the specified time frames. Applicants who do have this information within the required time frame will not be considered.
    • If you are applying for a grant to do IUI, IVF or gestational carrier with your own eggs, or for egg freezing for medical indications, you MUST meet ALL of the following criteria:

1) be 41 years or younger by January 1, 2023
2) have a body mass index (BMI) < 40
3) have a FSH level of < 15
4) have an AMH level of > 0.5

  • If you are over 41 by January 1, 2023 but are applying for a grant for IUI, IVF or FET (utilizing donor eggs), you must have a body mass index less than 40.
  • You can only apply for ONE grant - either a financial assistance grant, IVF cycle grant, JUF grant or Magnolia Tree Grant. If our medical team deems it appropriate, we may allocate you to another type of grant
  • Applicants who do not meet financial, age or medical criteria will not have their applications reviewed.

Eligible Expenses

  • Medications
  • Embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing)
  • Embryo donation
  • Pre-implantation genetic screening/diagnosis (PGS/PGD)
  • Egg freezing due to cancer, medical diseases that impair infertility
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • TESE
  • Adoption fees from any licensed adoption agency
  • Attorney fees for adoption or third party reproductive cases
  • All treatments must be initiated within 6 months of receiving the grant and must be completed at an IL center.

Note: Family Building Grants must be utilized within twelve months of being awarded and will be made directly to the service provider - not the patient - for future costs/services. Previous procedures and expenses are not eligible for grants. Recipients agree to participate in promotional activities related to this grant administered by the Coalition for Family Building.