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The XA Project Announces a Grant Funding Opportunity!

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XA Joy Grant

The XA Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is providing a grant of up to $10,000 to a pediatric organization that plans to create and implement a novel program to bring joy to pediatric patients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses. The proposed program must be consistent with the mission of The XA Project: 


The XA Project is committed to creating smiles, joy and beautiful memories for pediatric patients and their families through inspiring arts and entertainment activities (theatre, music, dance, theme parks, sporting events, etc.). The XA Project focuses on both children and their families because a child’s serious illness impacts, and often disrupts, the whole family. 


The XA Project has previously gifted tickets for pediatric patients and their families to go to Broadway shows, world-class symphonies, ballet concerts, original plays, comedy shows, rock concerts, zoos and aquariums. We have also sponsored artists to perform for and meet pediatric patients at various hospitals. In addition, The XA Project has given iPads and Roku devices with Disney+ subscriptions to hospitals and pediatric residences to bring joy to seriously ill kids and their families staying at those places. This funding announcement is seeking innovative and impactful ideas for new programs that will bring joy and smiles to pediatric patients and their families in this spirit.


Who is eligible?  

Applicants must be an organization that provides for the care of pediatric patients. “Pediatric patient” is defined as an infant, child, or adolescent (under the age of 18 years old) who is receiving care from a medical provider for a medical illness or health issue.


Eligible applicants include organizations that:

  • provide healthcare to children (e.g., pediatric hospitals),

  • provide housing for children undergoing medical treatments (e.g., charities that house pediatric patient families), and/or 

  • offer palliative or end-of-life care to pediatric patients (e.g., hospice services).


Organizations that offer stand-alone social services for pediatric patients (e.g., camps, internet/social network groups, social support groups) are not eligible to apply.


Submission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following (MSWord or PDF format):

1)  A proposal, no more than 2 pages single-spaced (12 pt font), describing:

  • Your organization (please include a point of contact with email and phone information, and tax ID of the organization),

  • The plans to establish/implement a new program to bring joy to pediatric patients and their families, while keeping them safe from COVID-19.

  • Name(s) and qualification(s) of staff to implement the program.

  • The expected impact of the program and metrics of success.

2)  A budget sheet, no more than 1 page, describing how your organization would use the funds. Budget elements could include:

  • Program costs (e.g., tickets, transportation, streaming subscriptions, artists stipends)

  • Supplies (e.g., technology devices, art supplies, PPE for events)

  • Other administrative costs (e.g., post-event surveys; personnel costs, if necessary) 


  • Letters of support may be included as additional documents (but are not required).

  • Appendices may be included, but will only be reviewed if clarification of the proposal is needed.



Release Date: January 12, 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022, 11:59pm Eastern Time

Applicants will be informed by Friday, April 8, 2022 of the status of their application.


Submit applications to:

The XA Project

c/o Dr. Audie Atienza


Do not include any confidential (e.g., SS#) nor personal health information (e.g., patient names or other identifiers) in the application.


Review: Applications will be reviewed by The XA Project staff and Board of Directors. Each application will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. Applications will be evaluated on: 1) significance, 2) innovation, 3) feasibility, and 4) expected impact. Application reviews and all materials submitted will remain confidential, and all applicants will be notified of their final application status only (i.e., no review comments will be provided).


The XA Project's preference is to award multiple applicants to reach the $10,000 grand total, but will happily make a single award of up to $10,000 for a highly innovative and impactful idea that creates joy and heart-warming memories for seriously ill children and their families who could significantly benefit from the novel program.


By submitting an application AND if selected to receive a grant, the organization hereby gives The XA Project rights and permission to publish the name of the organization and a description of the proposed program as written in the application for promotional purposes of The XA Project ONLY.

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