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 up 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 (log-in required) are due March 1, June 1, and Nov. 1. 

Apply for a Grant

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

Grant proposals (log-in required) are accepted on or before March 1, June 1, and Nov. 1. Be Wise will award grants three times annually following these submission deadlines. TMAF should receive grant applications by a submission deadline that is four to six months in advance of a shot clinic to ensure adequate time to process funding before the event.

Grant cycle   Application deadline   Grant notification on or before   Grant funding awarded on or before
Spring   March 1, 2019   May 1, 2019   June 15, 2019
Summer   June 1, 2019   Aug. 1, 2019   Sept. 15, 2019
Fall   Nov. 1, 2019   Jan. 1, 2020   Feb. 15, 2020

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

  • El Paso Pediatric Associates will provide flu prevention education and 100 flu vaccinations at no cost to children and their families at its annual Healthy Halloween Health Fair. Joseph Segapeli, MD, leads the project, with participation from Drs. Scott Coleman, Brianna Garza, Rana Kronfol, and Allison Wawer-Chubb.
  • Lamar-Delta County Medical Society and Paris-Lamar County Health District along with other community partners, will give 400 flu shots at no cost to local adults (18 years and older) at its sixth annual drive-through clinic in Paris in October.
  • Felicity Mack, MD, of Houston, and Balance Family Medicine will add flu shots to a TMA Walk with a Doc Texas inaugural event this fall. Dr. Mack aims to protect her community from flu and raise awareness about services provided in her new clinic. Drs. Madhureeta Achari, Dominick D’Aunno, Tam Casimir, and Rodney Trimble also will support the project.  
  • McGovern Medical School at UT Health TMA Chapter will partner with the HOMES Clinic, a student-run medical clinic that provides medical care for homeless people, to offer free flu and hepatitis A/B vaccinations in Houston.
  • Lekshmi Nair, MD, of Manvel, along with Love to Share Foundation America, will provide 120 free flu shots to Brazoria County children and adults beginning at the 9th Annual Life & Soul Health Fair and continuing for a week. Drs. Radha Arunkumar, Divyang Ayar, Rajan Kadakia, Jyoti Rao, and Hema Salvady also will participate.
  • Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Arthi Rajagopal, along with Love to Share Foundation America, will offer free flu vaccinations to children and adults at the Life & Soul Health Fair in Garland.
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine Family Medicine lnterest Group will offer 120 free flu shots at St. Vincent’s Student Clinic Health Fair and the Luke Society Clinic in Galveston. Vaccinations to prevent bacterial pneumonia, and a combined vaccination to prevent whooping cough (pertussis) and tetanus also will be available.
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TMA Chapter will give free flu vaccinations to adults in two refugee communities during bi-monthly health clinics in October and November hosted by the Refugee Health Initiative student organization.
  • Williamson County and Cities Health District will administer free flu and HPV vaccines to adolescents in December. The preteens who received their first shot to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at a previous clinic can receive their second dose, along with a flu shot. Medical Director Lori Palazzo, MD, will oversee the project, with assistance from Vinita Magoon, DO.
  • Citizens Medical Center in Victoria will host its first "Boo the Flu" event to raise awareness of flu prevention and provide free flu vaccines to 150 college students on the University of Houston-Victoria campus. Leilani Valdes, MD, will provide physician support for the project.   

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

See all the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients

2017 Grant Recipients

2016 Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients 

2013 Grant Recipients   

2012 Grant Recipients  


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Last Updated On

September 11, 2019

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