Free Grants for Patients & Families

free grants for cancer patients

These listings include the agencies that provide 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.

1 Upon Cancer Free Financial Grants for Cancer Patients

1 Upon Cancer Grants

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Description:

Direct financial assistance grants for adults in the United States currently undergoing any type of cancer treatment and having trouble covering medical expenses. Grants are paid directly to the agency or program providing the medical services not to the patient. Amounts vary based on need and current program funding. Applications are open on a quarterly basis. To apply, please complete this application: https://www.1uponcancer.org/help/.


COC Grant for Cancer Patients

The COC Dollars Allocated to Assist (DATA) Grant

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (614) 516-0966
Email: info@thecoccares.org

Description:

The Dollars Allocated to Assist (DATA) Grant Program accepts applications year round for financial assistance and is available to anyone in the USA in current cancer treatment. To apply, click this link and head to the bottom of the page for the Dollars Allocated to Assist (DATA) application download: https://www.thecoccares.org/receive-support. Completed applications can be emailed back to COC using the email address above.


Charles Thide Foundation Free Grants for Cancer Patients

Charles Thide Foundation

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Description:

The Charles Thide Foundation provides monetary grants to help patients and families having a difficult time financially because of a cancer diagnosis. The amount of the award varies based on need. The Foundation accepts requests year round and anyone living in the USA with any type of cancer is eligible to apply. For more information and to download the PDF application, please visit this link: http://www.charlesthidefoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant.html.


Free Grants for Cancer Patients Cindy's Legacy

Cindy's Legacy

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Description:

Grants provided to cancer patients to help with daily living or medical expenses including out-of-pocket prescriptions, utilities, gas/transportation, lodging, groceries or other medical supplies/necessities. These one-time grants are currently prioritized for patients with brain or breast cancer but Cindy’s Legacy will consider all others on an individual basis so please do apply if help is needed.  To apply or for more information, please visit https://www.cindyslegacy.org/get-help.


Modest Needs Foundation

Modest Needs Foundation

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Phone: (844) 667-3776
Email: doiqualify@modestneeds.org

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

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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 Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)

The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)

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Email: info15@bmcf.net

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

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Email: info@andreriveroflife.org

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/.


The Rally Foundation

The Rally Foundation

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Email: info@rallyfoundation.org

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/.


Cancer in the Family Relief Fund

Cancer in the Family Relief Fund

Main URL: Visit

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.


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8 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.

  2. I am 50 years old and have been diagnosed with esophogeal cancer. Are there any grants ot assistance for someone my age? I have a wife and three children, we really need help.

  3. I was recently diagnosised with ALL.Im looking for some finicial help with my medical bills.Im not working only my husband.However do draw disablity but it doesnt cover the bills I have.

  4. hello, my mother was recently diagnose with breast cancer and she’s starting her treatment. This is getting to be very expensive with all the test and procedures.Does anyone know of any help she can get in Florida?

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