2023 Seed Grant Awards

Award Description and Objective

The Street Medicine Institute is pleased to announce the opening of its 2023 Seed Grant award process!

SMI’s goal is to assist early stage street medicine programs in the United States – particularly in areas not currently served by street medicine – advance toward a more sustainable level of operation. Supported by the generosity of the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, two successful grantees will each receive an award valued at $14,650 to include:

  • $10,000 cash award (suggested use: backpacks, supplies, medications),
  • Street Medicine Consultation with SMI expert consultants(s) (valued at $3,000), 
  • Free Program Membership to SMI for One Year (valued at $750), and
  • Three free registrations for the 19th annual International Street Medicine Symposium scheduled for September 27-30, 2023 in London (valued at $900).

The SMI consultation will include one day on-site in the grantee’s community, along with up to 8-10 additional hours of telephone or video call support throughout the grant year. Awardees are encouraged to attend the full International Street Medicine Symposium and the Street Medicine 101 workshop as part of their consultative process.

A written report about how the Seed Grant has impacted the development of the program will be required at twelve and twenty-four months post award date. Further, awardees will be invited to share their program story at the 2024 International Street Medicine Symposium.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicant programs will have moved beyond the concept phase to the early stages of program development. Through our Applicant Criteria, we are looking for evidence of steps already taken to prepare your team for its work. For example, while street rounds are essential to every street medicine program, it takes much advance preparation to arrive at the point where a team is ready to perform rounds. Not doing rounds yet does not disqualify your program, but you must demonstrate that you are moving in that direction.

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 these areas:

  • 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
    • Community Needs Assessment has 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 
    • 501(c)3 status is not required to be eligible for a Seed Grant, however, if you are selected for a Seed Grant, your program will need to demonstrate 501(c)3 status before SMI distributes your grant funds.
  • Letter of support from parent organization or a community partner

Application Instructions

Applications are due on April 30, 2023.

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Award Process and Schedule

February 27, 2023 Grant Program Announcement and Application Released
April 30, 2023 Application Due
Early June 2023 Finalist Applicant Interviews
June 14, 2023 Grant Awards Announced
July-September 2023 On-site Consultations Take Place
September 27-30, 2023 International Street Medicine Symposium in London, UK
October 2023- June 2024 Ongoing Consultative Support from SMI
June 2024 First Status Report Due
Autumn 2024 Awardee Presentations at International Street Medicine Symposium
June 2025 Second Status Report Due


If you have any questions, please contact the Street Medicine Institute at [email protected].

2022 Seed Grant Awardees

Sidewalk Doc Street Medicine Program- Lancaster, PA
HEAL (Health Equity in Action League) Omaha- Omaha, NE

2021 Seed Grant Awardees

CU Street Medicine- Aurora, CO
Street Health DC, Inc.- Washington, DC

Thank you to the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation for supporting this program.

Pulte Family Charitable Foundation