The AABC Foundation (AABCF) is a not-for-profit organization established by the American Association of Birth Centers in 1994 to advance public knowledge and understanding of issues related to family-centered childbirth. The Foundation raises funds to support the advancement of the AABC birth center model as the standard to improve maternity and women's health care.

Due to the generosity of donors, AABCF established a grant in 2006 to assist birth center applicants with up to 50% of membership fees due the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) for (1) birth centers that are applying for membership for the first time and (2) birth centers that are due for membership renewal but experiencing a fiscal crisis. The AABCF will have the exclusive authority to determine all grant guidelines, criteria, timelines and awards; and will monitor all grants.

Grant Criteria:
A birth center applying for a membership grant must have:
* A financial hardship to pay 100% of the membership dues.
* Intent to maintain AABC membership.

Special consideration will be given to birth centers that demonstrate one or more of the following:
* A commitment to serving low income women or women on Medical Assistance
* Situated in a rural or low-income area
* Annual gross revenues of less than $100,000
* A commitment to foster public education about birth centers