Previous Ideas Supported by Foundation Grants

Vision USA / North Dakota

This program provided free exams and eyeglasses to North Dakotans-in-need.

The VISION USA program is no longer providing direct eye and vision care assignments.


This is a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® -The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage. 

Diabetes Reporting Forms

Accoding to the NIDDK, "Diabetes can lead to swelling in the macula, which is called diabetic macular edema. Over time, this disease can destroy the sharp vision in this part of the eye, leading to partial vision loss or blindness. Macular edema usually develops in people who already have other signs of diabetic retinopathy."

To ensure good communication between an optometrist and a primary care provider, forms were created and distributed to offices across North Dakota.

Closeup of doctor checking patient daily report checklist

School Nurse Vision Screening

We collected statewide data on the vision needs of ND children through a partnership with the North Dakota Optometric Association and the North Dakota School Nurse Association.

Think About Your Eyes

This program is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams, Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association. The campaign is supported by eye-care industry partners who also believe the vision and eye health are key to overall health and wellness.

We invest in great ideas

We love investing in promising ideas to fill gaps in vision care in North Dakota and are always open to listening to new ideas.  We award grants only to organizations that align with our mission.

If you are looking to receive a free eye exam for your 4-7 year old through our Vision Start program, please note that is a different process and you should go to this web page instead:

Here are the 3 simple steps to being considered for a grant:

Reach out - Email us at to schedule your initial consult.

Mark your calendars - If you're invited to submit a proposal, please note the due date is Nov 1st (to be awarded within 3 mo. of applying).

Write your proposal - In your grant proposal please include the following info in 5 pages or less:

    • Cover Letter - page 1
    • Organizational Background - page 2
    • Statement of Need - page 2
    • Goals / Objectives - page 2
    • Implementation Plan - page 3
    • Evaluation & Measurement Plan - page 3
    • Other Funding Sources - page 4
    • Project Budget / Organizational Budget - page 5
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