Financing Your Infertility Treatments With Grants

Infertility treatment is often expensive, especially if you do not have health insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and more advanced reproductive procedures.  Below is a list of grants, as well as the requirements for applying.  Please consult each program before filing an application as qualifications and requirements may change at any time.  

Best of luck in your fertility journey!

The Angels of Hope Foundation  -  Creating Miracles Grants are distributed in April and September to applicants residing in Gundy and Will County in Illinois.  Applicants must be legally married; those without children in the home as of yet are shown preferential treatment.  Applicants should have a high likelihood for infertility treatment success as documented by a physician.   Application deadlines are March 31 and August 31 every year. 

BabyQuest Foundation  -  BabyQuest Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides grants to residents of the United States demonstrating financial need.  Applications are accepted from heterosexual, homosexual, same sex couples and singles.  Grants are given out three times a year, on March 15, July 15 and November 15.  Funds can be used at the fertility clinic of the recipients’ choice.  Applications are available on the BabyQuest Foundation website. 

The Cade Foundation  -  The Cade Foundation assists with infertility or adoption expenses through their Family Building grant.  The grant provides up to $10,000 per funded family to help with domestic adoption and infertility treatment.  To apply you must have a physician documented diagnosis of infertility and you must be a legal permanent resident of the United States.  Demonstration of how the applicant will contribute to the costs of fertility treatment is required.  Applications are due June 1 and must arrive by USPS.  Grants are awarded once a year and the number of grants depend on the success of fundraising.  There is a special pool of money, called “Savannah Grants,” reserved for patients undergoing IVF at Shady Grove Fertility.

Compassionate Care  -  Compassionate Care, sponsored by EMD Serono, provides assistance with fertility drugs.  This program provides significant savings to uninsured, income-eligible applicants for the medications named Gonal-f, Ovidrel and Cetrotide through a participating pharmacy.  This program is available for multiple cycles within the same year.  

Co-Pay Card Program  -  Co-Pay Card Program, sponsored by EMD Serono, provides assistance to privately insured patients.  This program may help insured people save up to $200 per prescription every 21 days.  This card is able to be reused for multiple cycles. Click this link to request a Co-Pay Card.

Endometrin Instant Savings Program  -  Endometrin, made by Ferring Pharmacy, is a luteal phase progesterone support.  Ferring has made an instant savings card available which deducts $50 per month off the price of the medication.  Ask your fertility clinic for an Instant Savings card to present at a participating pharmacy.  

Ferring Heart +  -  Ferring Heart + allows you to save up to $500 on prescriptions for Bravelle, Endometrin and Novarel.  For cash paying patients there will be significant savings and for those with insurance there can be savings up to $500.  Your fertility clinic should have information on this program.  

Fertile Hope  -  Sharing Hope Financial Assistance Program, through Fertile Hope, works with companies to provide discounted services and medication for cancer patients, both male and female.  Eligibility depends on type of cancer diagnosis, financial need and must meet income requirements.  Oncologist confirmed risk of infertility, with need for fertility preservation, after cancer treatment is also required.  Applicants must be uninsured or denied insurance coverage for the procedure.  Sperm banking, egg and embryo freezing are funded with this program. 

First Steps Program  -  First Steps Program, sponsored by DesignRx, is available to self-pay patients needing financial assistance with their medication.  Qualifying patients based on income or hardship may receive up to 75% off their prescription price by applying each year they want to participate.  Every applicant will receive some level of discount, and percentage of discount will be based on financial need.  This discount can be obtained with a valid prescription for Follistim or Ganirelex at DesignRx network pharmacies only.  Patients may use this discount multiple times per year.  No other discount, rebate or trial offer can be combined with this plan. 

Go Direct-to-Savings  -  Go Direct-to-Savings, sponsored by EMD Serono, is a mail-in rebate for out of pocket costs on Gonal-f, Ovidrel and Cetrotide.  Only prescriptions filled in the United States are eligible.  Submissions must include the original pharmacy receipt plus refund form.  Approximately $10 will be refunded for each prescription. 

Harboring Hope  -  The Cleveland Clinic Harboring Hope provides grants after a failed cycle of IVF.  This grant provides funding to as many couples as possible that have failed one cycle at the Cleveland Clinic, meet the income requirements and are medically eligible.  Applicants will be required to create a web page on the Harboring Hope website.  Funding is based on donations received by the clinic and not all applicants will be funded. 

Heartbeat Program  -  For patients trying to preserve their fertility prior to treatment for cancer, Ferring Pharmacy has developed the Heartbeat Program to provide fertility medications at no cost.  You must have a physician confirmed diagnosis of cancer with the recommendation to preserve your fertility prior to treatment, have not had chemotherapy in the last 6 months, a United States resident and female.  

The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)  -  INCIID reviews applications for scholarships to those in need on a monthly basis.  INCIID has created a number of clinics in the United States which donate their time and services to people who do not have the financial resources to build a family through assisted reproduction.  Their program covers most of the basic IVF expenses.  Applicants must be registered within the INCIID Community and have attained a bronze level membership.  Community members who pledge an annual $55 donation are eligible.  You must meet the criteria set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for infertility with documented medical need.  Applicants must have no coverage for IVF, but insurance must cover diagnostics and low tech infertility treatments.  Generally, a household income of less than $65,000 is considered in need, however individual circumstances will be considered.  Circumstances may include the need for genetic testing or donor procedures.  Each application will only be reviewed once.  Selected recipients will need to partner with INCIID and have a small fundraising requirement. 

The IVF Grant  -  The IVF Grant at Long Island IVF is available to income eligible applicants without insurance that covers IVF.  Couples who are eligible will pay as little at $7,500 depending on combined income as reported by your prior year tax return for one fresh IVF cycle.  Medications and pregnancy monitoring are not covered in the grant.  The Donor Egg Program, donor sperm, IVF bloodwork, PGD and TESE/MESA are also not included.  Prepayment of services such as anesthesia, ICSI and embryo cryopreservation must be made before the onset of your IVF cycle.  Prior to application to the program a medical screening appointment must be completed. Long Island IVF has six locations: Stony BrookMelville, East Patchogue, West Islip, Lake Success, and Brooklyn.

The Madeleine Gordon Gift of Life Foundation  -  The Gift of Life Foundation requires the couple to be married for two years, have no children together and have not gone through previous in vitro fertilization cycles (IVF).  Physician diagnosed medical records must demonstrate the need for IVF and be in good health.  The couple must have a combined income of less than $80,000.  The couple must reside within 15 miles within the I-275 loop around Greater Cincinnati, and both have lived in the area for at least 3 years. 

New York State Infertility Demonstration Program  -  The New York State Infertility Demonstration Program subsidizes in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intra fallopian transfer (GIFT) for privately insured women that do not have infertility coverage.  Subsidy for testicular sperm extraction (TESE) is also available.  At the time of this writing there are seventeen providers participating in the program.  Providers are responsible for billing NYS for costs associated with IVF and GIFT after the patient co-pays and insurance reimbursement are factored.  Recipients must live in New York State, with private insurance which does not cover infertility treatments.  Due to budget constraints, New York State is re-evaluating the funding for this program and may not be available in the future. 

Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation  -  Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation selects applicants who are uninsured for fertility treatment for infertility treatment.  The recipient may use any fertility clinic that is a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).  Partial and full grants may be awarded to any person in the United States who do not have insurance coverage for IVF and are seeking IVF, donor eggs and embryo adoption.  Other covered services, such as monitoring and lab work, of the grant will be disclosed at the same time the award is made.  The female must be under the age of 40 to qualify unless using donor eggs or embryo adoption.  Consideration will be given to the costs paid for fertility treatments at the time of application.  Surrogate expenses, including fees, are not available for funding.  However, treatment with IVF for preparation of a surrogate pregnancy may be funded.  Funds are paid directly to the clinic.  An application fee of approximately $100 will accompany the application which requires in depth financial information and physician diagnosed infertility.  Grants are awarded several times each year coinciding with Board meetings. 

Sparkles of Life  -  The Vivere-Garden of Life Grant, through the Sparkles of Life Foundation, is awarded for couples with a documented history of infertility or miscarriage through the Houston Fertility Institute.  Applicants must submit the $100 application fee, along with a statement of need, current financial records verifying employment and income.  Applicants must have a combined household income of less than $100,000, have no insurance coverage for IVF, have not gone through previous IVF procedures, have no biological children, and must live in Houston, Texas or the surrounding area.  This grant may cover up to 1/3 of the IVF treatment and does not cover medication or post-treatment medical costs.  Funds will be directly disbursed to the Houston Fertility Institute.