2023 Grant Program Overview
Breastfeeding plays a critical role in infant and maternal health and wellbeing. As an organization, we believe that all families should have access to qualified resources during their breastfeeding journey. And while insurance is supposed to provide coverage for these services, often families find that coverage is limited, or they may not even have access to insurance.
In 2021, we established our structured grant/scholarship program with an initial budget $12,000 ($1,000/month). We have continued to fund the program, putting over $26,000 into the program in 2021 and 2022.
The grant funds are used to help offset a percentage of the cost of lactation support for families in need.
We are proud to say that as of March 2023, 241 families have been approved to receive lactation support through our grant program.
Grant Program Guidelines
Applications for the grant program will be accepted from any family with financial need that lacks insurance coverage for our services
- To apply for the program, simply fill out the form below
- Approvals are made on a first-come, first-served basis, until funds are exhausted. Approvals will limited by available funding.
- Once approved, the grant will offset part of the visit cost, but families are expected to pay as much as they can towards the visit fee. This allows us to help more families.
- You will not be required to show verification of income. However, larger grant amounts will result in fewer families being helped, so we ask that each family pay the highest fee they can afford and choose office visits over home visits.
- Grant funds may not be used for travel or cancellation fees.
- Grant funds may be used towards the following types of visits: prenatal visits, post-partum visits, bottle feeding visits, pumping visits, and Frenotomy procedure support.
- We encourage applicants to choose either in-office or virtual visits. Applicants requesting an in-home visit will be required to pay the $60 travel fee. In addition, applicants must provide a reason that they are unable to have an in-office visit.
- Families are required to provide a valid credit card upon scheduling their appointment, and this card will be used to pay the family portion of the visit fee at time of service.
- Appointments made under this program are subject to our standard cancellation policy. If the appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hour notice, a $50 fee will be charged. If the client does not contact us to cancel the appointment and misses the appointment (no show), they will be charged for the full consultation fee, and will no longer be eligible to use grant funds.
- Families will be approved for two visits that must be used within 30 days of approval.
- On a case-by-case basis, and when recommended by the IBCLC, ONE additional visit may be requested by a family. Recipients will be required to pay a minimum of $100 for this additional visit. Approval for the additional visit will be limited by available funding.
- Bayou City Breastfeeding reserves the right to submit an insurance claim for the visit.
- If the family receives insurance reimbursement for services, these funds will be used to repay the grant, up to the maximum amount provided by the grant for the visit.
Funding for the BCB Grant Program
- Each month, Bayou City Breastfeeding will add a minimum of $1,000 to the grant fund (minimum of $12,000 for the year).
- Additional funding may be made available quarterly by Bayou City Breastfeeding.
- Members of the community are invited to donate to the program, but donations are not tax deductible.
- At the end of the year, a report will be provided to all donors and recipients.
- If you would like to donate to the grant program, please use this link: Donate now
Please tell us why you are requesting a home visit. Home visits will incur an additional $60 per-visit fee.