Free Grants for Cancer Patients & Families
If you are struggling with affording both your cancer treatment and personal expenses, free grant money can help. Our directory of free grants for cancer patients and families includes many private, non-profit organizations that offer monetary grants to help you with expenses during cancer treatment and even afterwards. All of the programs below are open to cancer patients and families in the US, accepting applications, and there is never a fee to apply.
These listings below are updated daily and include both nonprofit and private organizations whose mission is to ease the financial burden for cancer patients through free grants. Remember, 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. Never pay a fee to apply for a grant. The grants we’ve included here range from $200 to $5000 or more. Review each program’s description below for specifics.
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The Atrium Foundation is a nonprofit that provides grants to cancer patients recently diagnosed, in treatment, or post-treatment in supportive care. Their mission is to help cancer patients thrive and to that end provide grants for medical, living, mental health and wellness, and end of life bills. Eligibility is based on Adjusted Gross Income, currently $70,000/year for singles, $120,000/year for couples. Applicants must be in financial need and agree to an in-person or video meeting during the pre-approval process. To apply, visit https://atriumfoundation.org/application.
Bright Spot Network offers free annual grants up to $500 for caregivers of US cancer patients age 6 and under in active treatment or have received treatment within the last six months. Funds are available to cover things like living expenses, childcare, healthcare and more. To apply, please visit this page: https://www.brightspotnetwork.org/bright-grants.
The Selma Schimmel Vital Grant Program, by Vital Options International and its partner associations, awards monetary grants for groceries, transportation, and other expenses to those facing financial hardship due to serious conditions including cancer. To complete the online form for assistance, visit this link: https://www.vitaloptions.org/grant-program.
Grant program for cancer patients in the USA in active treatment with demonstrated financial need and need help covering essential expenses. To apply, please complete this form https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/CLQMmlFFhrUOBuqKulUdwQ or email support@HEADstrong.org for help applying from a HeadStrong patient care specialist.
Financial assistance grants for the non-medical costs of getting a patient to treatment and other living expenses. Applicant must live in the USA and meet annual income limits of no more than $77,925 for a family of four. Application can be downloaded here in PDF form: https://natcaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NCAF_Financial_Request.pdf and when completed faxed to (941) 296-7638.
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/.
Phone: (614) 516-0966
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.
Phone: (844) 667-3776
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 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 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 email@example.com or visit https://compassioncantwait.org/social-worker-form/.
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.