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 The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) Accreditation Services’ helps hospitals improve care for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), heart failure (HF), and atrial fibrillation (AF). We believe this is best accomplished by using quality and process improvement scientific methods.
In an effort to support cardiovascular quality and performance improvement, the ACC provides funding opportunities that support future cardiovascular quality initiatives (QI) or performance improvement (PI), particularly those that highlight the importance of accreditation. Funding to support these projects is made possible by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), which was a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of patients worldwide with suspected ACS, HF, and AF through innovative cross-disciplinary processes. Its merger with the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) in 2016 provided an opportunity to leverage the accreditation strength of the SCPC into the large portfolio of services the ACCF offers. To preserve the legacy of the SCPC, an endowment was created to support future cardiovascular QI or PI, particularly those efforts that demonstrate QI or PI through cardiovascular care accreditation.
In addition to the QI/PI grant program, in 2021 the AFC promoted a microgrant program and awarded 25 grants. Program was very successful and therefore we will provide the program again in 2023.
The AFC will provide microgrants that will focus on public health education to improve community CV outcomes related to early recognition of heart attack symptoms and appropriate action steps. Grant awards will be given to hospitals to support their efforts in their local communities through both traditional means such as health fairs, and innovative actions such as social media and other outreach activities. The grant is open to U.S. based hospitals.
The AFC Microgrants will provide:
• $2,000 per hospital
• $2,500 per hospital partnering with EMS, health departments or other similar organization
• $6,000 per hospital system
•  One (1) microgrant per hospital or health system (payable to the organization, not the individual applying).
• Microgrant funds may be combined with other funds to support the outreach activities.
• Outreach activities supported by the micro-grant will need to be completed 15 months after grant funds are received.
• Recipients will promote grant supported activities on social media platforms.
• Recipients will participate in a short ACC survey after completion of the grant supported activities.
*Funds cannot be used for accreditation/registry fees

Submission Deadline is Tuesday, October 31st at 11:59 PM ET

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