We believe that every good idea to improve access to care should be funded. That is why we created the Pro Bono Incubator (PBI), a program designed to support development and innovations of new and existing pro bono clinics in the United States. More specifically, the PBI is an application-based program that grants funds and provides mentorship to individuals or groups who solely or primarily provide rehabilitation services to the underserved.

2018 Applications:

We are proud to announce that Move Together will be granting $10,000 in funding to innovative non-profit organizations again in 2018. Please see below for details regarding the application process:

  • Applications open: March 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: April 30, 2018
  • Recipient Notification: June 1, 2018
  • Grant Cycle: July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019
  • Download the application here.
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Last year, PBI funded 6 innovative non-profit organizations, resulting in nearly 300 contact hours in the first four months of the grant cycle


  • The Pro Bono Playbook: Pro bono rehabilitation services can look a variety of ways. We created the Pro Bono Playbook as a way to highlight the diverse nature of the pro bono world and demonstrate all that’s possible. This is a great resource for individuals who are looking to create, improve, and sustain a pro bono rehabilitation program.
  • Mentorship: Move Together has a network of experienced individuals ready and willing to provide mentorship for those seeking to improve access to care in their communities. Mentorship can be offered for new programs, outcomes data collection and analysis, brainstorming, and more. If you’d like to be connected with a mentor, please email our PBI Program Director, Ciara Burgi, at ciaraburgi@movetogether.org.
  • PBI Success Stories. We collaborated with Talus Media to highlight some of the extraordinary PBI 2017 grant winners and share their stories. Check out our 4 podcasts with Talus Media to learn more about PBI and hear from some of the amazing grantees.

Pro Bono Incubator Program Director: Ciara Burgi

Ciara Burgi

Ciara Burgi serves as program director of the Pro Bono Incubator program and is the current Sports Medicine Division I Athletics Fellow at Duke University. A native of Wisconsin, Ciara graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2014. Ciara completed a sports residency at Houston Methodist Sugar Land in 2015, where she served as a faculty member for the sports, orthopedic, and athletic training residencies from 2015 to 2017. She is Board Certified in Sports and Orthopedics and received her manual therapy fellowship training through Institute for Athlete Regeneration, where she currently serves as a lead instructor. In her spare time, Ciara enjoys traveling, anything outdoors, and all things related to college sports, especially Duke!

"One of the things that I have learned – and continue to be confronted with – is that it is so important, so critical to give people a voice, a position, worth and meaning. When they participate in my program, they feel seen, they feel heard, and they feel significant...This project is about physical therapy, but it is also about dignity, independence, and living a full life."
- Carol-Ann Nelson of Destination Rehab, a 2017 PBI grant winner

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much funding is being awarded in 2018? Does it all go to one applicant? The total available amount of funding is $10,000. Multiple grants of varying amounts will be awarded based on strength of application and appropriateness of budget estimate and justification. Applicants are encouraged to apply for and justify only the amount needed to successfully complete their proposed project.

Who can apply? Do I need to be associated with a non-profit organization? Licensed therapists, PT/PTA students, and faculty affiliated with a rehab medicine profession (ie PT, OT, SLP, etc) are encouraged to apply. The organization applying for the grant must have a non-profit status or be partnering with a non-profit organization that will serve as a fiduciary agent. Additionally, the efforts must be geared towards a clinic in the United States.

What should I consider as I prepare my application? Applicants must detail how funding will be utilized to improve access to care in their community. Applications will be judged based on innovation, sustainability, demonstration of need, quality of care improvement strategies, and demonstration of a plan to evaluate for success. We encourage you to let your imaginations run wild by asking yourself questions like:

–What does the most effective, and efficient clinic look like?

–How can we maximize every single dollar spent?

–How can we ensure we are providing the very best care for all of our population?

We are here to help make those dreams and aspirations a possibility!

Can someone help me with my application? Mentorship is available to aid in the pursuit of each applicant’s innovation. If you would like to be paired with a mentor, please email Ciara at ciaraburgi@movetogether.org. Move Together hopes to build relationships, strengthen the pro bono community, and support each applicant, regardless of whether or not each applicant is able to be funded.