The Samfund Fall 2019 Grant Application Information

The Fall 2019 Samfund Grant application is now open! Click HERE to begin your application. You have until Friday, August 9th at 5pm ET to submit your application, in its entirety. Sorry, no exceptions or extensions! 

For more information about how to submit your very best application, we strongly encourage you to listen to the “Grants 101” Webinar, hosted on July 15, 2019 here, or below:

About our grants:

We proudly provide financial assistance to young adults as they regain momentum in their lives after cancer. Since 2005, we have awarded over $2 million to young adults across the country.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a U.S. resident, are a cancer survivor between the ages of 21 and 39 at the time when the application is submitted and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Completed planned treatment with no evidence of disease, or
  • One year following the completion of planned treatment with stable disease, or
  • In remission and on long-term hormonal therapy (such as Tamoxifen for breast cancer survivors) or long-term targeted therapy (such as Gleevec or Herceptin)

If you meet these criteria at the time when the application is submitted, you are eligible to apply.

Please note: if you were awarded a grant in Spring 2019, you must wait until Spring 2020 to reapply.

What is The Samfund looking for in an applicant?

In addition to the eligibility requirements stated above, the best candidates for funding from The Samfund can make a clear and direct connection between their current financial difficulties and their experience with cancer. If you are not sure whether or not you would be a good candidate for funding, please email your specific questions to and we would be happy to give you feedback about whether it is appropriate for you to apply. If you have limited internet access, you may call our office at (617) 938-3484.

Good candidates for a grant:

  • Can articulate how their cancer experience has impacted their current financial situation
  • Have immediate financial needs that are not being covered by a spouse/domestic partner or a parent/other family member
  • Are not able to get financial assistance from any other source
  • Are struggling financially as a result of their cancer treatment (e.g., lost wages, high medical bills, etc.) or its aftermath (e.g., limited ability to work, side effects from treatment, etc.)
  • Are limited in their employment options, have lost their jobs, or have sustained a major loss in wages due to their cancer experience

How Do I Apply?

The application will be available from July 17, 2019 to August 9, 2019. You will only need to provide your email address in order to begin your submission. If you’ve applied before, please be aware that we moved to a new application portal. You will be asked to answer questions about your cancer experience, current financial situation and your grant requests. There are a few short essay questions as well. A committee will review all applications and you will be notified via phone and email within 6-8 weeks after the deadline about the status of your application. The average grant amount is typically around $1,500.

News about our Family Building grants:

Starting this year, we will have a separate application process for all family building requests (with the exception of egg/sperm/embryo storage, which will remain part of the regular application), one later this fall and another in the spring of 2020. All the eligibility criteria will remain the same. Please keep an eye out for additional information in the coming weeks!

What Do I Need to Apply?

The application will ask for the following information:

  • Basic personal and contact information;
  • Information about your cancer diagnosis and treatment;
  • Your current financial picture including monthly income, monthly expenses, assets you may own, and liabilities/debts you owe;
  • The completion of a Medical History Verification Form, signed by a licensed medical professional with whom you have a relationship (e.g., oncologist, primary care physician, nurse practitioner);
  • Recent tax forms, or a notarized affidavit explaining why you have not paid taxes in 2017 or 2018; and
  • A sense of what category of grant would be most helpful to you and the size of grant you would need. We also ask for information about who the payee of your grant would be (i.e. a hospital would be the payee if you are requesting assistance with medical bills; a practitioner would be the payee if you are requesting assistance with making payments for acupuncture), but it’s okay if this information changes or needs to be updated by the time a grant is awarded.
  • Categories of Funding

    •  Educational/Professional Development
      • Continuing Education or Vocational Training
      • Graduate Tuition
      • Student Loans
    • Health & Wellness
      • Cosmetic or Reconstructive Procedures
      • Egg, Embryo or Sperm Storage
      • Gym/yoga memberships
      • Health Insurance Supplementation
      • Residual and Current Medical Expenses
    • Independent Living
      • Car/car insurance payments
      • Rent/Mortgage Supplementation
      • Other one-time purchases (gift cards, etc.)

The Samfund does not fund business-related requests, credit card repayment requests, payments to friends or family members, weddings, vacations, or requests for help purchasing a car. (While applicants can request assistance with auto repair, auto insurance, or funding for public transportation, we do not provide grants for the purchase of vehicles.)

Please note that The Samfund no longer accepts requests for undergraduate tuition. We will, however, consider requests for graduate tuition, vocational training, continuing education and student loan repayment. Undergraduates may request help with other school-related expenses (i.e., computers, books and supplies) only if they are responsible for paying these and are not currently receiving help from their parents, schools or other sources. If you are looking for assistance with undergrad tuition, please view our Undergraduate Tuition Assistance resources.

How many people are funded?

In the past, roughly 50% of screened applicants have been funded (when we had a two-part application process). Please keep in mind that many people apply more than once before they are funded—so if at first you don’t succeed, please ask for feedback and try again!

Who can I call if I have more questions?

If you have questions about the application process, the best way to get a quick response is to email You may also call The Samfund office at 617-938-3484.



We fully respect and uphold the privacy of each applicant. All information gathered through grant applications is kept secure and confidential.

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