Introducing Impact Grants for Your CF Community Project

Many individuals and organizations are out there serving people with CF and their families in their daily lives. Through the new Impact Grant program, the Foundation will fund individuals or organizations who have a program or project that benefits the community.

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Danielle Cipriani

Over the last several years I've had the opportunity to meet many people with CF and their families. Throughout lunches, coffees and countless phone calls with people with CF, their parents and their partners -- plus many meetings with the Adult Advisory Council members and Alex Award winners, I never cease to be amazed at how powerful this community is.

I remember one conversation where an adult with CF was setting up a program to support and connect children with CF. I asked her what drove her to do this, and she explained, “I know what it's like to feel isolated and different, and I can help.”

I've heard similar sentiments from others in the community who have developed organizations or programs to support one another. Whether to help give money for folks to sustain recreational exercise routines, aid for college scholarships or provide CF adult-specific information, many individuals and organizations out there are serving people with CF and their families in their daily lives. Our community is not only powerful, it is supportive.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognizes this, and through our new Community Partnerships department we want to make sure we partner with our community to create and identify programs and projects that help people with CF and their families in their day-to-day lives.

Through our new Impact Grant program we will provide up to $10,000 per year to individuals or organizations who have a program or project that benefits either a wide spectrum of people with CF or their families, or an underserved segment of the community.

All applications will be evaluated by the CF Adult Advisory Council, an external review panel, whose recommendation will then be sent to the Vice President of Community Partnerships, Drucy Borowitz, for final approval and funding.

Applications will be accepted twice this year. The deadlines are Monday, May 30, 2016, and Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Applicants must provide an application cover page, program or project description, budget and justification, and resume and letter of support. Applications can be requested by e-mailing

We value all of the strength and compassion this community commits to one another. Our hope is that we can help some of the great programs out there so that more people with CF and their families have the support they need.

This site contains general information about cystic fibrosis, as well as personal insight from the CF community. Opinions and experiences shared by members of our community, including but not limited to people with CF and their families, belong solely to the blog post author and do not represent those of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, unless explicitly stated. In addition, the site is not intended as a substitute for treatment advice from a medical professional. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment.

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About the CF Foundation

Danielle listens to and partners with people with CF and their families to create meaningful opportunities for connection. She also leads the creation of online spaces and events for people in the CF community to connect, learn, share and inspire each other. Danielle earned her B.A. in communications from American University in Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Littleton, Colo., with her husband Vince and dog Baci.

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