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Community Engagement and Partnership Support

GBT collaborates with nonprofit groups focused on sickle cell and addressing health disparities to support innovative programs, education, and awareness activities.

The sickle cell community is in a time of crisis. For people living with sickle cell, there is an immediate and overwhelming need for food, water, protective gear, basic supplies, mental health, educational and other support services due to COVID-19. GBT has created a special $150,000 relief fund to help support people living with sickle cell disease.

To ensure that this emergency support quickly reaches sickle cell patients, GBT has established a simple and fast grant application process. Any U.S. non-profit organization that supports people living with sickle cell disease may apply. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT. The GBT Community Fund will close as soon as the $150,000 has been committed, which may occur before the deadline. Applicants will be notified about grant determination within 2 business days after GBT receives the application. The sooner GBT receives the application, the sooner GBT can be responsive. GBT expects the typical grant to be $5,000 per organization.

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Community Engagement & Partnership provides support to eligible organizations in the following ways:

  • CE&P Grants
    • Support for initiatives aimed at education and awareness or improved access to care for sickle cell disease that are longer-term in nature or have a defined funding period.
  • Corporate Sponsorships and Exhibits
    • Support for sickle cell disease education and awareness and activities addressing health disparities hosted by patient advocacy or community-based organizations that may include various levels of support opportunities (e.g. bronze, silver, gold, etc.). Examples of sponsorships include corporate memberships, gala events, annual walks/runs/rides, educational conferences, and symposia or meetings.

Funding requests must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the desired start date of the program/activity/initiative for which you seek support.

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Monetary donations that support US-based nonprofit organizations’ initiatives aimed at diversity in health-related disparities.

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The Access to Excellent Care for Sickle Cell Patients program (ACCEL) is a grant opportunity designed to accelerate the development of sustainable access to care programs that have the potential over time to deliver healthcare to people living with sickle cell disease. US-based nonprofit 501 © (3) organizations serving patients living with sickle cell disease and their families are eligible to receive grant awards of up to $50,000 during a 12-month period.

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Company may provide Donations to PAPs, U.S. based charitable organizations that are 501(c)(3)s, to demonstrate our commitment to provide public benefit, advance medical care and improve patient outcomes for sickle cell disease.  GBT strives to ensure that our continued alignment with independent charitable organizations is conducted in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, industry codes, external standards, and internal GBT policies and procedures.​

Independent charity patient assistance programs (PAPs) provide financial assistance to eligible underinsured patients, covering out-of-pocket costs associated with prescription medications, including co-payments, deductibles, coinsurance, and in some instances, premium and travel support.  Independent charity PAPs operate pursuant to Advisory Opinions issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ​

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