Award Description and Objective

The Street Medicine Institute is excited to announce Seed Grants for new Street Medicine Programs!  Our goal is to assist early stage street medicine programs, particularly in areas not currently served by street medicine, advance toward a more sustainable level of operation.  Due to the generosity of the Pulte Family Foundation, two successful grantees will each receive an award valued at $5,750 to include:

  • $3,500 grant (suggested use: backpacks, supplies, medications);
  • Street Medicine Consultation with an SMI board member expert (valued at $1,500); plus,
  • Free Program Membership to SMI for One Year (valued at $750).

The SMI consultation will include one day either on-site or virtually (depending upon pandemic safety considerations), along with an additional 8-10 hours of telephone or zoom support scheduled in 1-2 hour increments.  The free Program Membership will include free registration for the 2021 virtual International Street Medicine Symposium (ISMS); awardees will be encouraged to attend Street Medicine 101 during the symposium as part of their consultative process.  Awardees will be expected to provide written objectives to be achieved as a result of the Seed Grant; and, a simple written report regarding how the SMI Seed Grant has impacted the development of their program will be required at three, six, and twelve months.  Further, awardees will be invited to share their program story at the 2022 ISMS.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicant programs will have moved beyond concept to the early stages of development.  For example, while street rounds are essential to every street medicine program, it takes much preparation to arrive at the point where a team is ready to perform rounds.  Not doing rounds yet does not disqualify your program.  Through our Applicant Requirements, we are looking for evidence of steps that have been taken towards readying your team for its work. 

You’ll find questions addressing the following topics in the Application Form.  Successful applicants will be expected to provide evidence of progress or planning in each of the high-level categories itemized:

  • Clinical leadership exists and is actively involved in program planning and development
  • Preliminary ideas or plans for sustainability
  • Early environmental assessment steps have been taken
    • Some elements of a Needs Assessment have been completed
    • Potential Community Partners have been identified
  • Some program development steps have been taken. For example:
    • Team member names and professions
    • Tentative street round schedule
    • Community outreach worker identified
    • Medical and health care supply plan
  • Some infrastructure has been established. For example:
    • HIPAA agreements and policies
    • Malpractice coverage
    • Medical Records plan
  • 501(c)3 application or designation (NOT REQUIRED)
  • Letter of support from parent organization
    • If no parent entity, a letter of support from a community (anchor) partner


Once you begin the process of completing the Seed Grant application form, you will not be able to save your work and return later to continue completing the form.  The entire process must be completed in one sitting.  To avoid the frustration of losing your work, please proceed in the following manner:

  1. Review the Application Form Checklist; gather or prepare all of the documents you will be asked to upload,
  2. Review the Application Video Guide (about 5 minutes)
  3. Open the Budget Narrative Form and complete it,
  4. Open the SMART Goal Form and prepare your objectives and activities,
  5. Only after all of your materials are organized, open the Application Form and complete it in one sitting.

Award Process and Schedule

The SMI Seed Grant Program is being administered by the SMI Board of Directors.  Key dates are as follows:

March 31, 2021 Grant Program Announcement and Application Released
May 15, 2021 Application Due
Mid-May through early July 2021       Selection Process Including Invitations for Applicant Interviews
July 19, 2021 Grant Awards Announced
August-October 2021 SMI Consultation Takes Place
October 15, 2021 First Status Report Due
January 15, 2022 Second Status Report Due
July 15, 2022 Third Status Report Due


If you have any questions, please submit them to [email protected].