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.

Read What Others are Saying About the Local Impact Grants

Local Impact Grants Awarded

In July, the TMA Foundation approved these Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants to help TMA Family members host events to vaccinate Texans: 

Bexar County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance provided free flu vaccinations to child care workers attending a state conference in San Antonio to protect them and the kids in their care from seasonal flu.

Drs. Adrian Billings and Katie Ray, and Presidio County Health Services will provide free flu shots to kids and adults in Presidio County, where flu vaccination rates have fallen well below state and national averages.

Jill Holland, MD, and Faith Family Medical Clinic, Kilgore, will give underserved and uninsured seniors a free bacterial pneumonia vaccination in conjunction with the clinic’s flu shot push.

Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin, gave free flu shots to underserved children and adults at a local community festival in October.

Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Hema Salvady, Manvel, along with Love to Share Foundation America, gave free flu shots to local children and adults at an annual health fair in Brazoria County.

Paris-Lamar County Health District, along with Lamar-Delta CMS, will give 400 local adults free flu shots at a drive-through clinic in October.

Parker CMS gave free flu shots to children and adults in Parker County at the organization’s fifth annual health fair in October.

South Plains Immunization Network, along with Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance, will provide free flu vaccinations to low-income adults in Lubbock in conjunction with a local food bank in November. 

Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, and Mercy Effect, Fort Worth, vaccinated underserved Haltom City residents against flu at a local health fair in October. 

These grants were awarded in March:  

Smith County Medical Society (CMS) will provide back-to-school vaccinations to students in Whitehouse Independent School District in conjunction with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. 

Smith CMS Alliance will provide flu shots for kids who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas and their family members. The alliance will pair the shot clinic with a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA chapter will offer childhood and adult vaccinations to underserved El Paso residents who attend SUNS (Students United para Nuestra Salud) Health Fair events. 

The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio TMA Chapter will join with Family Services Association of San Antonio to give flu shots to children and their families in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  

See all the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients

 2015 Grant Recipients

 2014 Grant Recipients 

 2013 Grant Recipients   

 2012 Grant Recipients  


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