Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
To give back to the communities that support us, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is pleased to offer the Life$avings: School Grant Program. The program offers financial support to a scholarship fund, the sponsor group’s designated charitable group, reimbursement for blood drive expenses, or payment to a third party vendor for educational events, supplies, or equipment.
This grant program is available to public and private schools, including high schools, junior high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, as well as accredited and/or licensed pre-k-12 schools. The educational institution must be the primary sponsor or co-sponsor for the blood drive, and must have active student recruiters, coordinators or participants to be eligible.
HOW DOES IT WORK?Schools will receive $250 for each drive that collects 20 units or more. In addition $1 will be awarded per unit collected. (e.g., 50-unit drive receives $250, plus an additional $50 for a total of $300). The more blood drives a school hosts each year, the more opportunity for grant funding.
Cancelled drives must be re-scheduled to receive the award. The application for the grant is submitted by the school prior to the date of the blood drive and the award is granted after each drive, if the school meets eligibility criteria and application is approved.
Funds can be used for the following:
NOTE: THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES GUIDANCE GOVERNING VOLUNTEER BLOOD DONATION. FUNDS MUST NOT BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE BLOOD DONOR OR BLOOD DRIVE SPONSOR.
REQUESTING YOUR FUNDS
Simply complete and submit the application to the blood center before your drive is held. This must be completed and signed by the school principal and drive coordinator before each eligible drive.
Click here to download a pdf of the Life$avings application.
Checks will be issued 6-8 weeks after the application is submitted and approved. Schools will be notified of approval, which will begin the 6-8 week processing period. An application is required and must be submitted before each drive.