Treatment Access Program

Project HEAL believes that everyone deserves the chance to fully recover from an eating disorder, regardless of income, insurance plan, race, age, education level, sex, or sexual orientation. We award grants for all levels of eating disorder treatment for highly motivated applicants, who want to recover but cannot afford treatment.

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About the Grant Program

Project HEAL aims to help as many people as possible. Unfortunately, our resources are limited, and we can provide treatment assistance grants to only a fraction of our hundreds of deserving applicants. We wish this were not the case.

To maximize the number of people we are able to help, we try to work with health insurance companies whenever possible. We are currently accepting applications from individuals who have health insurance coverage. This includes plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act marketplace; private health insurance through a parent, spouse or employer; Medicaid; Medicare; Tricare; and more.

We encourage you to apply for a grant if:

  • There are no eating disorder treatment providers in the plan’s network, and you cannot afford the self-pay rate of an out-of-network ED provider. (This applies to all levels of care.)

  • You cannot afford the deductible or copays required to access treatment.

  • You need help writing an appeal letter to your insurance company

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Deadlines and Instructions

Applications are accepted at any time and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applicants who submit a complete application by the deadline should expect to hear back regarding the status of your application within 6 weeks from the deadline.


  • January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST

  • April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST

  • July 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST

  • October 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST


  • Be thoughtful and thorough in the essay questions.

  • The application will take an hour or two to complete. Forgive us, friends! We strive to be thorough.

  • You will be required to upload a number of documents to your application.

  • Before you apply for a grant, please have PDF versions of the following documents ready:

    • Photos of both sides of your health insurance card

    • Two letters of recommendation. Ideally, at least one of the letters should be written by a provider (physician, therapist, psychiatrist, nutritionist, etc.). The letter should include why you need a certain level of care, how long you’ve been seeing this provider, your motivation for recovery, and anything else s/he thinks we should know.

    • Two recent bank statements. You can download them from your bank’s website.

    • Your most recent tax return. If you do not have a tax return, please upload a statement explaining why you do not have a tax return.

    • If possible, your health insurance benefits booklet, which you might be able to download from your insurer’s website. Try Googling your plan’s name. You can also get a copy from your health insurer or your employer’s human resources representative. If you do not have a copy of your benefits booklet, you may want to request one from your insurer now. If you are among our final candidates, you will be asked to provide one.

Pro Tip: Don’t have a scanner? There are several apps that will enable you to scan documents from your phone.

Once an award recipient has been selected, the Clinical Advisory Board will decide how much funding will be allocated toward the recipient’s treatment costs. Funding amounts will be based on available funds and potential cost of treatment as well as insurance coverage, deductibles, and copays. Funding will be released directly to the grant recipient’s patient account at the providing treatment facility, to the treatment provider, or to the insurance company.

The Project HEAL Treatment access Program Manager will collect progress reports from inpatient and residential treatment facilities on a monthly basis, and from outpatient treatment providers on a monthly basis.

Grant recipients and their outpatient providers will be required to use Recovery Record.

If an applicant is denied, the applicant may re-apply for assistance after one calendar year of the submission date.

If there are questions regarding any of the items to be completed, please email