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 $300). The more blood drives a school hosts each year, the more opportunity for grant funding.
Cancelled drives must be re-scheduled to receive the award. The application for the grant is submitted by the school prior to the date of the blood drive and the award is granted after each drive, if the school meets eligibility criteria and application is approved.
Funds can be used for the following:
- Traditional Scholarship Fund
- Charitable Donation to Non-Profit
- Reimbursement for Blood Drive Expenses (Designated for the amount of direct expenses related to the blood drive)
- Payment for Educational Expenses (Supplies, Educational Events, Equipment, Etc.)
NOTE: THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES GUIDANCE GOVERNING VOLUNTEER BLOOD DONATION. FUNDS MUST NOT BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO THE BLOOD DONOR OR BLOOD DRIVE SPONSOR.
REQUESTING YOUR FUNDS
Simply complete and submit the application to the blood center before your drive is held. This must be completed and signed by the school principal and drive coordinator before each eligible drive.
DOWNLOAD LIFE$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.
Call (800) 747-5401 or contact your Blood Center Representative.