Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants

Apply for a grant. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting grant proposals for local vaccination events. Grants of $500 to $2,500 are available to county medical societies (CMSs), TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics. Grants can fund new or expanded shot clinics, or coalition activity to vaccinate underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults Grant proposals are due March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1.

Apply for a Grant

Shot Clinic Action Plan: Use this worksheet to start planning your shot clinic.

Grant proposals are accepted on or before March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1. Be Wise will award grants three times annually following these submission deadlines. 

For help planning a vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide

For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. 

Preparing for Your Event

Local Impact Grant Checklist: Follow this step-by-step guide to planning your event.

Sample Letters to Request Donations for Your Event:  

Educational Materials/Merchandise Order Form (PDF): TMA’s one-stop shop to order your Be Wise promotional and educational materials, and giveaways for the kids, and to reserve our bee mascot costume.

Sample news release: Publicize your event using this sample news release.

Photo release forms: Children (English and Spanish), or adult (English and Spanish). Taking photos at your event is important. TMA can use these in our publications or you can send them to the newspaper for follow-up coverage of your event. Use this form to permission to photograph a child or adult. Without this form, a photograph cannot be reprinted.

Event Photography Tips: Use these tips to capture winning photos at your event.

Local Impact Grants Awarded

In July, the TMA Foundation approved grants to these projects in support of the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program: 

Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin: Underserved children and adults will receive free flu shots at a local community festival in October.

James Mobley, MD, Portland, and Medical Arts Clinic: Adults received 41 free pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccinations at a health fair in August.

Drs. Leksmi Nair and Hema Salvady, Manvel, along with Love to Share Foundation America: Local residents received free flu and shingles vaccinations at an annual health fair in Brazoria County in September.

TMA Alliance member Libby Malone, Austin, and the Junior League of Austin: Local children will receive free flu vaccinations at the League’s 29th annual Coats for Kids event in December.

Paris-Lamar County Health District, along with Lamar-Delta County Medical Society (CMS): Local adults will receive free flu shots at a drive-through clinic in October.

South Plains Immunization Network, along with Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance: Low-income adults in Lubbock will receive a free flu vaccination.   

Students Improving Global Health in Texas chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth): Adults and children in Brownsville will receive free flu vaccinations as part of a UTHealth mobile health outreach project.  

In March, the TMA Foundation approved grants to these projects: 

Bexar CMS Alliance: Local residents will receive flu vaccinations at a community event. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine TMA chapter will participate. 

Fort Bend CMS Alliance: Fort Bend Independent School District students will receive needed back-to-school vaccinations.

Martin Garza, MD, Edinburg, and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance: The hospital will join the Boys and Girls Club’s back-to-school event to provide flu vaccinations for 100 kids.

Erica Hughes, MD, Burnet, and Seton Highland Lakes: Burnet County children and adolescents will receive flu vaccinations. 

Malea Maynard, MD, Dallas, and Christ’s Family Clinic: “Working poor” Dallas residents will receive flu vaccinations at a fall flu clinic. 

Donald R. Niño, MD, Channelview, and Rotary Club of North Shore: The rotary club will join the county health department to provide back-to-school vaccinations and school supplies to local children at an annual event.

Nueces CMS Alliance: Del Mar College students in Corpus Christi will receive vaccinations against meningococcal disease required for college admission.

Smith CMS Alliance: Child care workers, parents, and children at a Tyler day care center will be vaccinated against flu and other preventable childhood diseases. 

Texas Tech University Health Science Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA chapter: Medical students will work with the Department of Public Health-City of El Paso to provide free vaccinations to children and adults at the Texas Tech Kenworthy Clinic.

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston TMA chapter: Underserved Houston residents will receive flu vaccinations at a church health fair. 

Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth: Low-income Haltom City residents will receive flu vaccinations at a local health fair in October.  


View the 2014 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients 

View the 2013 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients   

View the 2012 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients  


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