Free Grants for Patients & Families

free grants for cancer patients

Grants are money and goods that do not have to be paid back and are provided by the agencies below to help ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis. Grants typically range from $200 to $5000. Please review each program’s link for specific eligibility, application process, and deadlines. If you find an error in any listing, please get in touch here to report it.

Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care Free Grants for Cancer Patients

Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care

Main URL: Visit
Contact: Get in Touch
Program Status: Open

Description:

Monetary grants for US residents of all ages who are currently in treatment for cancer. Grants can be used for household bills, transportation costs associated with treatments, childcare, housekeeping services, groceries and non-covered medical expenses such as wigs, copayments and medications. Award amounts vary depending on need and take 6-8 weeks to process. To apply, please visit  http://www.beautyfoundationnj.com/apply-for-a-grant/.


Modest Needs Foundation

Modest Needs Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (844) 667-3776
Email: doiqualify@modestneeds.org
Program Status: Open

Description:

Provides provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis. The amount awarded varies based on applicant circumstance but according to their website averages between $750.00 and $1,250. For eligibility and more visit https://www.modestneeds.org/about-us/grants-types-self-sufficiency.asp. For online application see https://www.modestneeds.org/for-applicants/.


Net Wish

Net Wish

Main URL: Visit
Program Status: Open

Description:

Net Wish provides direct and immediate assistance to families and individuals who require a modest helping hand of $200.00 and have been doing so since 2002. This program is available to all US residents who have unmet financial needs. Grants are provided in the form of pre-paid credit cards. To apply, please visit http://netwish.org.


The Samfund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

The Samfund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (617) 938-3484
Email: grants@thesamfund.org
Program Status: Open

Description:

The Samfund provides monetary grants from $1000-$4000 to US residents ages 21-39 who have completed treatment and are still struggling financially due to a cancer diagnosis. For information on the next open application period, see http://www.thesamfund.org/get-help/grants/ or email grants@thesamfund.org for answers to your questions about this grant program.


The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)

The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)

Main URL: Visit
Email: info15@bmcf.net
Program Status: Open

Description:

Financial support for patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment. Grants are typically $500 and cover things like medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries. For application and more information on this grant program, please visit http://www.bmcf.net/apply.htm/.


The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@andreriveroflife.org
Program Status: Open

Description:

The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers an annual essay award for survivors of catastrophic illness. In addition, this program also provides financial assistance for single parent families with urgent everyday expenses so that the parent may remain by the child’s bedside during catastrophic illness. Grant amounts vary. For more information and applications, email info@andreriveroflife.org or visit http://andreriveroflife.org/social-workers-application/.


Special Love

Special Love Financial Assistance

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (888) 930-2707
Program Status: Open

Description:

Special Love offers emergency financial assistance up to $500 to help families who are dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.  Grant requests must come from your doctor, social worker, or hospital representative. For more on the grant program, eligibility and status, please call toll-free (888) 930-2707 or visit http://specialove.org/financial-relief/.


The Rally Foundation

The Rally Foundation

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@rallyfoundation.org
Program Status: Open

Description:

The Family Emergency Fund Grant from Rally Foundation provides up to $500 in a year ($750 lifetime max per person) to help cover expenses like patient’s cancer related medical bills or other family costs related to treatment (i.e.: utilities, mortgage, rent, transitional housing, etc.). For application, visit the website at https://rallyfoundation.org/why-we-rally/family-emergency-fund/.


Family Reach

Family Reach Grant Program

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (973) 394-1411
Program Status: Open

Description:

Grants for families facing a childhood cancer. Awards may be used for things like every day needs (rent, car payments/insurance, utilities), transportation to obtain treatment, lodging, day care, palliative care, and other costs not covered by insurance. Grant amounts vary and are based on financial need. To apply for this grant program, please visit http://familyreach.org/family-eligibility/.


Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AIRS)

Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AIRS)

Main URL: Visit
Program Status: Open

Description:

Grants for medical expenses relating to breast reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. Each grant is unique to the individual patient. Grants awarded may range from co-pays to the full cost of reconstructive surgery, hospitalization, and other related medical expenses. For the next open application period and to apply online, visit http://airsfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/.


Cancer in the Family Relief Fund

Cancer in the Family Relief Fund

Main URL: Visit
Program Status: Open

Description:

Grants ranging from $300 to $500 for a child’s extracurricular activities during his or her parent’s cancer treatment. From the website, “Whether a family is experiencing a financial crisis resulting from a diagnosis, or they just need some extra funds for luxuries because every extra dollar is going to medication costs… we want to help. We want to encourage and facilitate each child’s passion whether it be sports, music, art or any other activity.” For current program availability and application, visit http://www.cancerfamilyrelieffund.org/Success.html.


Wishing for Mommy

Wishing for Mommy

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@wishingformommy.org
Program Status: Open

Description:

Grants up to $500 for kids 3-18 whose moms have been diagnosed with breast cancer or undergoing treatment within the last 24 months. Kids write about how the money will help make their mommy happier. To help a child you know apply for this grant program, visit http://wishingformommy.org/make-your-wish/.


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2 Comments

  1. I always heard of the big name organizations doing these things but then you try to get more information and they send you jumping through hoops! This is the first time I am hearing of most of these and I think it is fantastic they offer grants to help people chase their dreams.

    • We agree, Candace! It is so nice to see organizations like the ones we list here make it as easy and quick as possible to get the help needed.

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