What is the IBIDUNNI IGHODALO FOUNDATION (IIF) Fertility Grant?
The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation Fertility Grant is a grant that offers up to NGN 1,000,000 in funds toward fertility treatments of various kinds: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), IVF using donor eggs, Embryo Adoption, etc.
How often is the grant awarded?
Grants are awarded twice a year after deliberations at the Board of Directors’ meetings.
How many grants are awarded?
The number of grants awarded each year varies and is contingent upon the availability of funds. You are encouraged to carefully and thoroughly answer each section of the application to ensure that your application is well considered. We also encourage that you seek additional sources of fertility treatment funding.
How are the grant monies distributed?
The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation will work with the grant recipient in organizing payments to a certified fertility clinic in Nigeria for fertility services received.
What costs are covered by the grant?
The grant can be used for any of the costs of procedures that have been recommended for you: monitoring, ultrasounds, anesthesia, egg retrieval, fertilization and culture of the eggs, egg transfer, etc. Depending on the amount of grant money awarded, it may or may not cover all costs associated with your cycle. The grant funds exclude the cost of blood work or certain ailments discovered during the initial test e.g. Fibroid.
Will the grant cover a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle?
Is fertility medication considered part of the grant?
Yes. Fertility medication will be covered by the grant. The IIF fertility grant stops at the test of pregnancy. Every medication expense following pregnancy will no longer be covered by the grant.
Is there a time frame within which the grant should be completely utilised?
Yes. The grant should be utilised within a 3-month period from the date of its award.
Can this time frame be extended beyond 3 months?
The grant time limit has been established for awarded funds to be used within 3 months from the date of award. Special consideration will be given to patients who are in treatment for cancer.
Is there an age limit for the issuance of the grant?
Prospective mothers over 40 years of age will need to discuss with the consultants and be open-minded to their advice and recommendations on the best way to go about the procedure. IIF will only issue the grant based on the consultants’ recommendations.
Can you apply for the grant even if you have children already?
Yes, but the selection process is preferential to those without children, those who have already spent funds on fertility treatment or those who cannot afford any of the treatments at all.
Is there a minimum or maximum annual income required of prospective applicants for the grant?
There are no income limits prerequisite for application for the grant. However, the applicant must show ability to financially support a child.
Do I need to provide a physician’s written recommendation before applying for the grant?
A letter of recommendation from a qualified fertility physician is required for application for the grant. We advise that you provide such a letter or fertility work-up document alongside your application forms. The documents should not be dated more than two years to the date of application for the grant.
Do I need to be married to apply?
Yes. Proof of marriage with the appropriate certificate(s) will be required as part of the attachments to the application forms.
Can a single person apply for the grant?
If I am considering or need egg donation to pursue IVF, can I apply for the grant?
Yes, you can submit an application for the grant. You must, however, state your plan for egg donation and the ability to afford the cost of egg donation.
If I am pursuing an IVF cycle with a surrogate carrying the pregnancy, can I apply for the grant?
Yes, you can submit an application for the grant. You must however, state your surrogacy plan and ability to afford the cost of surrogacy.
Grants will be awarded as selected by the Board of Directors of the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation. Applicants will be asked to complete a confidential application. You will also be asked to write a short essay describing your infertility history, personal situation and financial need. Proof of income and other supporting financial documents will also be required.