In 2020, we launched our inaugural grant program, the first initiative of our Real Impact community support program, awarding 25 grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) totaling $125,000 to support the ‘Real Impact’ objectives.

Grant applications were assessed based on metrics including clear identification of an unmet need, plan of execution, level of impact within the target community and proposed measures of success. Importantly, each grant committee consisted of external reviewers and decisions to fund applications were made independent of Imara senior leadership. Of the 25 awards, 19 of the selected programs focus on COVID-19 relief efforts; the remaining six support social health and organizational capacity enhancements.

Real Impact grant recipients included:

COVID-19 Relief Grants
  • Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon
  • Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency
  • Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association
  • New York State Sickle Cell Advocacy Network
  • Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
  • Carol’s Promise Sickle Cell Foundation
  • Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association, Inc.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Kids Conquering Sickle Cell Disease Foundation
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County, Inc.
  • Dreamsickle Kids Foundation, SCDAA Nevada Chapter
  • Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation
  • Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.
  • Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease, Inc.
  • Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey
  • South Central PA Sickle Cell Council
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Central Alabama Chapter
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois

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Social Health Impact Grants
  • Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.
  • Kid’s Conquering Sickle Cell Disease Foundation
  • Association for the Prevention of Sickle Cell Anemia of Harford and Cecil Counties
  • Augusta University Sickle Cell Transition Program

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Capacity Support Grants
  • Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association
  • Sickle Cell Association of Houston

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Read the full press release here.