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Development Advocacy Grant

The Development Advocacy Grant is for states that are newer to advocacy, having received either no previous State Advocacy Grants or a maximum of two previous grants. This application requires fewer documents and is scored using different criteria to encourage less experienced state societies to apply and build an advocacy program.

Application timeline: The State Advocacy Grant application opens on June 30 and closes on Sept. 30.

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  • Grant requirements
  • Application requirements
    • States requesting funding must be able to participate in advocacy activities according to their tax status with the IRS and any applicable state regulations.

    • The grant application must be strictly for advocacy purposes — to influence legislation and/or regulatory issues or to develop such initiatives.

    • AADA will not approve any grant applications for proposals that are not aligned with the AADA’s state policy priorities.

    • Applications are limited to one legislative priority to be funded through this grant. Applications cannot contain a list of potential legislative issues that would be funded by the AADA grant. The state society may work on more issues without AADA funds.

    • Each grantee will be required to submit a final written report (PDF download) to the AADA outlining the status of its advocacy project and progress made to date. AADA staff will provide reminders to grantees of the reporting deadlines. Failure to submit a report could result in denial of future funding requests.

    Applicants must be prepared to upload the following documents.

    1. Proposed advocacy project: Please provide a one-page or less description of the proposed advocacy project that addresses the following. View a sample application (PDF).

    • Issue – Which issue will be addressed? Please review the AADA’s advocacy priorities. The advocacy initiative that is the subject of the grant must align with the AADA’s advocacy priorities and must focus on one priority.

    • Goal – What is the advocacy goal? For example, “We plan to defeat an upcoming NP independent practice bill.”

    • Description of plan – Please provide a brief advocacy plan detailing the society’s specific strategies and activities planned to meet the goals. Examples include:

      • Indoor tanning – Identify bill sponsor and introduce legislation prohibiting minors from indoor tanning. "Our plan will include 1) meeting with legislators to educate them about the risks of indoor tanning; 2) meeting with other medical specialties to gain support; 3) introducing template resolution to state medical society house of delegates to gain support; 4) communicating importance of grassroots advocacy to members of the state dermatology society. "

      • Scope of practice – Identify bill sponsor and introduce AADA model legislation, Medical Acts Delegated by Supervising Physician to Physician Assistant. "Our plan will include: 1) demonstrating the problem by collecting examples of misleading advertising; 2) contacting dermatology society members for examples of injury due to misleading advertising; 3) build supping support from state medical society (meet with staff and introduce resolution to state medical society house of delegates)."

    • Advocacy program – One goal of the AADA State Advocacy Program is to provide seed money to state societies to develop advocacy programs and continue to become engaged in state advocacy. What is the state society doing to grow its advocacy program (e.g. create an advocacy or legislative committee; encourage participation in the state medical society advocacy days; encourage participation in the AADA’s Legislative Conference)?

    • Budget – Provide a projected budget for the advocacy project that specifies how the grant funds will be used (budget for the project, not for the society).

    2. Society society officers (current officers and following year's): This information enables AADA staff to contact state society leaders who will have knowledge about this grant during the application process and implementation of project.

    3. W-9 form

    4. Form 990 (required for tax purposes)

    5. Grant report: This requirement only applies to states that received a grant in the immediate previous year. A state society must provide a report once the state legislative session adjourns. The report must explain how the funds were used and the status of the advocacy project (e.g. the bill passed). If the legislative session has not adjourned by the time the application is submitted, a report on the status of the project must be provided by September to the State Policy Committee.