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LGBTQ Fertility Grants: Get the Help You Need to Start Building Your Family Today

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There’s no getting around it — fertility treatments are expensive. Prices vary based on the method and clinic, but the costs are almost always significant.


On the low end, LGBTQ couples can expect to pay $4,000 or more for one round of intrauterine insemination (IUI). Meanwhile, the initial round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) ranges from $13,500 to $21,000. Reciprocal IVF, a common choice for lesbian couples, averages around $20,000, as both partners are required to cover fertility medications and treatments.


Pregnant women

Considering that most people need at least two or three attempts to get pregnant using assisted reproductive technologies, the costs add up quickly. Even after cutting back on luxuries like Netflix subscriptions and takeout meals, many find themselves needing financial assistance to make their family dreams a reality.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to dipping into savings or taking out loans. Many non-profits offer grant programs to offset the cost of fertility treatment. Below, we’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ-friendly fertility grants. We encourage you to browse the offerings and apply to programs that fit your needs.


 

A non-profit group that advocates for individuals struggling with infertility. The organization also funds AGC Hope Scholarships several times a year to help offset the cost of fertility treatments.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. AGC requires applicants to demonstrate an infertility diagnosis, be over 18 years of age, and be a United States citizen.


 

Baby Quest Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides fertility grants for intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (including IVF with genetic testing), gestational surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, and embryo donation.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Grants are available to both single people and couples. Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States or be under the care of an accredited fertility facility in the United States. Female applicants applying for IVF grants must be 40 years old or younger, although those using donor eggs may be up to 55 years old. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate adequate living arrangements, submit medical records verifying good health, display financial means, and have basic insurance coverage.


 

A non-profit, all-volunteer organization providing grants up to $10,000 for family building. Two types of grants are available: financial assistance grants and IVF cycle grants.

Financial assistance grants help those with insurance coverage that covers IVF pay for donor eggs, donor sperm, or use of a gestational carrier. IVF cycle grants are for those whose insurance does not cover IVF. They receive a donated IVF cycle from one of the organization’s partners.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must reside in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Iowa. Applicants who are single or part of a same-sex couple do not have to provide an infertility diagnosis. You must be 41 years or younger and have a body mass index of 40 or lower if applying for fertility treatment using your own eggs.


 

Gift of Parenthood’s mission is to take away the stigma and financial burden of infertility while providing support and inspiration to future parents. To that end, they offer quarterly family-building grants worth $14,000. Grant money may be used to fund IVF treatment, surrogacy, or adoption.

Eligibility

LGBTQ friendly. Applicants must be 18 years or older and be legal residents of the United States.


 


Hasidah is a non-profit organization whose goal is to reduce financial barriers to fertility treatment for members of the Jewish community. Grants and loans, typically ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, may be used to cover IVF and related expenses such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must practice Judaism and demonstrate a connection to Jewish life. They must also meet the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) definition of infertility or demonstrate a situation requiring the use of assisted reproductive technologies. Those using their own eggs must be 41 years or younger, while those using donor eggs must be 45 years or younger. Finally, applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.


 

A non-profit organization offering fertility fitness events, resources, and grants for married couples struggling with infertility. Grants are usually awarded once a year, but the frequency may differ depending on how much funding is available. Award amounts typically range from $250 to $10,000 and can be applied to medical procedures or adoption costs.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be legal US residents working with a US-based fertility clinic. They must also be legally married and have been diagnosed with infertility.


 

Pronounced “Inside,” this non-profit organization disperses donated fertility services and facilities to eligible individuals. Donations are designed to cover most basic IVF expenses.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Interested couples must register with INCIID and actively participate on the community forum or Facebook page. Additionally, they raise at least $3,800 before being matched with a clinic. They must also donate $55 or more per year to INCIID. Finally, applicants must be willing to share their story via video.

Applications are kept on file for two years and are reviewed monthly to determine eligibility.


 

Journey to Parenthood awards annual grants of up to $10,000 for IVF, IUI, egg donation, surrogacy, and adoption.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must provide proof of financial need, while also demonstrating a stable home situation. Additionally, they must be US citizens residing in the United States and be treated by a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist (REI) in the United States.


 


A Connecticut non-profit providing grants of up to $20,000 to offset the cost of IVF. This can include the IVF treatment cycle, embryo, egg or sperm cryopreservation, embryo testing, and cycle medications. Grant money can be used at either the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS) or Illume Fertility.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be US citizens and residents of New York or Connecticut. They must be between the ages of 25 and 44. Same-sex female couples must have completed three IUI cycles unsuccessfully.


 


New York residents may apply for reduced-cost fertility treatments through partnerships with New York fertility clinics. Treatment discounts are based on household income, with discounts ranging from 2.5% to 97.5%.

Eligibility

Applicants must be New York residents between the ages of 21 and 44 years. They must have private health insurance, but that insurance cannot cover IVF treatment.


 


A volunteer-led organization providing emotional and financial support to those navigating infertility. The Parental Hope Family Grant is an annual award covering either a full standard round of IVF or a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) at the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two winners are chosen through a random draw.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Interested parties must attend the Spring for Hope event and add their name to the grant pool. They must be between the ages of 21 and 40 at the time of the event and be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must show an infertility diagnosis and conform to certain medical criteria.


 


An online fertility resource designed specifically for LGBTQ people. In addition to providing a database of gender-affirming and culturally sensitive medical providers, Queer Family Planning Project offers annual financial assistance to LGBTQ couples or individuals. These grants help cover the costs of IUI, IVF, surrogacy, adoption fees, donor sperm, and fertility preservation.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-only. Applications open once a year, in the spring.


 


Jewish individuals or married couples looking to start a family can apply for one of Stardust’s annual grants to offset the cost of treatment. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are determined based on treatment costs, insurance coverage, and financial situation.

Eligibility

LGBTQ friendly. Judaism must be the sole religion practiced in the household. Same-sex couples do not need to prove infertility. Applicants must be under 45 years old if using their own eggs.


 


The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant is offered twice a year (spring and fall) and provides up to $10,000 for fertility treatment or domestic adoption. Covered treatments include IUI, IVF, egg donation, gestational surrogacy, as well as selected fertility medications. Selected fertility medications are also covered. Grants do not cover egg or embryo freezing.

Eligibility

LGBTQ-friendly. Applicants must be permanent US residents and have an infertility diagnosis from a doctor.


 

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