Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards

The application deadline has passed and we are not accepting any more applications this year. Awards are made once per year. 

See what this year’s winners are working on here.

If you had $5,000 to do something to help the pulmonary hypertension (PH) community, what would you do?

PHA’s Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards provide up to $5,000 for projects created in the community that extend support, education and advocacy services to those affected by PH who are underserved by existing programming. The awards are named for one of the true heroes of the PH community, the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a PH supporter and early advocate in Congress of legislation that would benefit people living with PH.

PHA is an organization empowered by hope. Our efforts are advanced by the willingness of those in our community to share their talents and ideas.

Through this program, PHA seeks to create opportunities for those in the PH community to try innovative ideas that hold the promise of more rapidly advancing our common cause. Ideas might include, but are not limited to, increased public awareness, education, resource development, advocacy or other initiatives bringing common benefit.

Projects should focus on one (or more) of the following:

  • Researching and developing innovative ways to raise awareness and foster service to the PH community.
  • Extending the reach of an existing program that provides services to the PH community.
  • Reproducing an existing program that provides services to the PH community in another geographical region or area to address unmet needs.

The following PH community members were chosen to implement new awareness-raising initiatives and create new community services and resources through the Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards program.

Huff and Puff poster

  • Donna Caterini’s “Huff and Puff” poster (above) used the story of the Big Bad Wolf to explain PH and promote local support group meetings.
  • Bonnie Patricelli and her son Ryan Juntti created 50,000 hot beverage cup sleeves designed and printed with a PH awareness message for the public. These “hot holders” were distributed around the country to coffee shops near high-traffic areas such as college campuses, train stations, and airports.
  • PHA Israel held an intensive one-day conference on PH for the medical, research and public health communities addressing PH diagnosis and treatment and the challenges of living with PH.

Read more about the winning projects in 2017201620152014201320122011 and 2010.

  • Grants will provide increased education, support and awareness for the pulmonary hypertension community and benefits all members.
  • Grants should have the potential to be reproduced throughout our network and require no support work from PHA staff.
  • Applicants must fill out the application in English.
  • Any person in the PH community may apply for a grant.
    • *If one person submits multiple applications, only one application may be funded.
  • Applicants may apply for a grant for the same project up to three times
  • Not every applicant needs to create an idea from scratch. They might start with these directions or develop their own:
    • Extend it to a new population.
    • Offer it in a different geographic location.
    • Add a new component that could make the program even stronger.
    • Subtract an element from the program and substitute something you think may work better.
    • Produce a similar item with a similar purpose (poster, video, etc.), but change the message to make it your own.
    • Translate something into a different language to reach a new audience.

*Note: All funds are awarded to the individual who submits the application, and the funds will not be sent to any association, organization or company.

Lantos Awards will NOT be used to:

  • Fundraise
  • Create any resource containing medical content.
  • Publish a memoir or autobiography.
  • Start or benefit another organization.
  • Direct services, such as transportation to medical appointments.
  • Financial support to meet individual needs.

Best applications will:

  • Express a clear goal and specific, achievable steps to reach that goal.
  • Assess what help they may need to carry through on the idea and how they will arrange for needs such as volunteer support, design and printing services.
  • Devise a system for distributing the item to the intended audience.
  • Include a detailed and thorough budget that specifically outlines all project expenses.
    • i.e. how will you use the grant money?

Grant winners will:

  • Include the following funding attribution, “This project was supported by a Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Award. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Award is funded by Gilead.” 
  • Work with PHA staff to seek design approval prior to printing if projects refer to PHA programs and services.
  • Complete their project within a 12-month period.
  • Submit a reporting form once a quarter as a status update on their project, and a final reporting form once their project is complete.

The following are not eligible to receive an award:

  • Any individual employed by PHA.
  • Any individual affiliated in any manner with Gilead.
  • Any healthcare professionals with any ability to prescribe or order any Gilead product, or influence the prescribing or ordering or formulary placement of any Gilead product.

Watch the “Recipe for a Successful Lantos Grant” video to learn more:

If you have questions contact: LantosGrants@PHAssociation.org.

This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences.