TMA Grants to Help Your Practice Improve Local Vaccination Rates


Vaccines Defend What Matters is TMA’s integrated, multimedia public health education and advocacy effort to overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccination rates in Texas.

At a time when the public is hearing mixed messages about the safety of vaccines, Vaccines Defend What Matters sends a strong message from trusted physician leaders that choosing to be immunized against infectious disease safeguards public health, jobs, schools, and the Texas economy. 

As part of this effort, TMA Foundation (TMAF) offers grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, educational resources, and community outreach events. County medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics can apply.

Eligible applicants are expected to be involved in programs or events that either directly provide vaccinations or promote vaccine education. Grants are not limited to but can fund shot clinics to vaccinate underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and adults, events that educate the public about vaccinations, and/or outreach initiatives that address vaccine hesitancy.

Applicants whose focus is in areas of greatest need will receive priority funding. These include Texas counties with low immunization rates and high rates of conscientious exemptions.

Apply for a Grant  

Application Deadline:         Grant Notification Date:      
      (with funding released within 2 weeks)
First Deadline - Feb. 15, 2024     March 28, 2024
Second Deadline - May 1, 2024     June 12, 2024
Third Deadline - Oct. 4, 2024     Nov. 15, 2024

A log-in is required for the TMA Foundation grant portal*. After creating an account through the grant portal you will be able to access the application. Applicants only need to apply once per grant cycle. Funding cannot be used to reimburse for previously held events or activities so applicants should apply in advance of program or event start date (if program or event is grant dependent). Grantees have up to 12 months from receipt to use all awarded funds. 

*If you have not previously applied for a grant, you may need to create an account. This portal is different from your TMA website login.

Submission of a final grant report is required upon completion of the program or event. The grant report is used for both evaluation of the program or event’s measurable outcomes, and an opportunity for grant recipients to provide additional accomplishments toward local impact. For 2024, TMA wants to know how your program will “Change Lives for Better Health”, a theme for this year. Examples of the application and final grant report questions are provided to assist in your responses. 

Questions? Email us for more information. You may also call our office at (512) 370-1412 and leave a message.  Additional TMA Foundation Grants

 THANK YOU to All Recent Grant Recipients

Round One

  • Spring Branch Community Health Center
    The SBCHC will provide vaccines to uninsured, low-income children in need in the Spring Branch and west Houston area to assist in ensuring participating children’s immunizations are up to date before the start of school. Since 2012, SBCHC has administered 8,128 vaccines to 3,043 children through their Annual Back‐to‐School Vaccine Drive.  
  • Lirios Pediatrics
    Lirios Pediatrics will host free Influenza and Covid-19 vaccine clinics for the uninsured children in Travis and Williamson counties. They aim to expand access to Flu/COVID-19 vaccinations for a high-risk population of uninsured children, aiding those who otherwise would not be vaccinated and protecting them and their families from disease 
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso
    Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso partnering with RotaCare Clinic's Influenza vaccine drive invites underserved and migrant adults to receive free flu vaccine. Along with vaccinations, the program will be providing bilingual education materials.  
  • HOMES Clinic, Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston
    HOMES Clinic will provide Influenza, Tdap, pneumonia, and COVID-19 vaccines for the unhoused in Houston through three vaccine events. Partnering with Healthcare for the Homeless Houston, the HOMES Clinic hopes to protect the unstable housed through increase vaccination rates. 
  • Bexar County Medical Library Association
    The BCMS Vaccination Outreach, Education and Partnership Program will provide vaccine education and address community vaccination hesitancy through their "Ask a Doctor" program at vaccination clinics and health fairs. The program will also reduce address an access barrier by providing vaccines for homebound individuals. 
  • The Pediatric Clinic, PA
    The Pediatric Clinic, PA will develop animated vaccine education material building on the trusted relationship between the clinic's pediatricians and the northeast Texas community, with the goal of pediatric patients completing the early childhood vaccination schedule.

 2023 Grant Recipients

  • Hope Clinic/ Get Up Project
    Plans to offer free flu vaccinations to patients, adult family members, and underserved adults in the community. Will also provide free medical exams and educate on the importance of annual flu vaccines to the medically underserved patients at Hope Clinic, who are usually resettled refugees or immigrants now in Travis and Williamson counties.  
  • University of Texas Medical Branch TMA Medical Student Chapter
    Plans to improve vaccination rates and access for the medically underserved by providing PCV20 vaccinations for the underserved population in the Galveston community.
  • Lone Star Family Health Center
    Aims to provide well-child visits and immunizations to at least 250 children living in Conroe, Spring, Huntsville, and Willis over the course of two weeks. 
  • HOMES Clinic, Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston
    Aims to provide influenza and Tdap booster vaccines to individuals with unstable housing in downtown Houston. 
    Plans to provide free influenza vaccinations to the underserved communities within Lubbock - many of whom are impoverished, unhoused, and uninsured. 
  • UT Southwestern TMA Medical Student Section
    Plans to provide vaccine education and administer vaccines through the SRFC, which runs bi-weekly and serves 8-10 patients per clinic. Will engage community members in 1:1 interactive vaccine education adapted to a 5th grade reading level and translated to Spanish.
  • Bell County Medical Society
    Seeks to provide flu vaccines for uninsured, underserved individuals in Bell County. Through a partnership with The Body of Christ Clinic, they will host a flu vaccine clinic in order to administer vaccines to the community. 
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Family Medicine Interest Group
    Aims to provide free influenza vaccines to the disadvantaged populations of Galveston, Texas. This will be achieved through collaborations with UTMB student organizations, Galveston community organizations, and local businesses to set up vaccination clinics throughout Galveston. 
  • Bexar County Medical Library Association
    Taking place in the Spring, this program will provide vaccination education, information at vaccination clinics, and community outreach on vaccination hesitancy by collaborating with community partners through their "Ask a Doctor" program. BCMS will provide key messaging and resources on vaccination hesitancy not just to their physician membership but also to many nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and front-line responders. 
  • UT Health Science Center San Antonio
    HepShield is a vaccination program in South Texas that strives to increase vaccination against HBV, particularly among adults who are at high-risk and who come from under-resourced backgrounds. This vaccination program aims to provide free HBV vaccinations to eligible adults in South Texas, many of whom have immigrated from Asian and African countries. 
  • Love to Share Foundation America
    Life and Soul health fair is conducted annually to empower local communities with health screenings. During this event a vaccine drive will be hosted and participants will be screened for flu shot eligibility. The event will be conducted at New Life Plaza and intends to serve the underserved residents of Brazoria, Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend Counties. Participants can also benefit from screenings for cardiovascular risk factors like cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index.

Vaccines Defend What Matters Information

Last Updated On

June 18, 2024

Originally Published On

August 02, 2012

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