The Samfund Grant Application Information

The next time our Part I application will be made available is January 2017. To be notified when the application opens, please enter your email address on our Mailing List. We hope the following information will help you prepare for January.

We proudly provide financial assistance to young adults as they regain momentum in their lives after cancer. Since 2005, we have awarded over $1,600,000 to recipients 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 Part I 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 Part I is submitted, you are eligible to apply. Our eligibility requirements have slightly changed since this winter.

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?

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. The average grant amount is typically in the $1,500 - $2,000 range.

What Do I Need to Apply?

The application for Part I will ask for the following information:

  • Basic personal and contact information
  • 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)
  • A sense of what type of grant would be most helpful to you (see our Categories of Funding list below -- applicants may select up to 3 categories)
  • Categories of Funding
    • Educational/Professional Development
      Books, SuppliesComputer

      Continuing Education or Vocational Training

      Graduate Tuition

      Professional Apparel

      Student Loans

      Standardized Test Funding

      Health & Wellness
      Alternative Healing Options (Yoga, Acupuncture, etc)

      Cosmetic or Reconstructive Procedures

      Family Building Options/Procedures (A) (Egg, Embryo or Sperm Storage)

      Family Building Options/Procedures (B) (IVF, IUI, Gestational Carrier, Surrogacy, Adoption, Fertility Testing)

      Gym memberships

      Health Insurance Supplementation

      Mental Health

      Physical Therapy

      Residual and Current Medical Expenses

      Independent Living
      Car-related expense (car repairs, car insurance, car loan payments)

      Legal Expenses

      Public Transportation

      Rent/Mortgage Supplementation

      Other: If you have a specific grant or scholarship request and you do not see it listed here, please include a detailed description of your request.

N.B.: If you would like to apply for assistance with Family Building, please note that there are two different categories of this type of request. The first request type is for egg, sperm or embryo storage (maximum =$1,000), and you may make this request in addition to other requests. If, however, you are seeking assistance for IUI, IVF, gestational carrier, adoption, etc. (maximum=$4,000), you may only make this one request. Please only make this request if it is your highest priority. Strong applicants for this type of grant have a concrete plan, an approximate timeframe for their procedure or process, and other resources for funding the remainder of the cost (if higher than $4,000).

The Samfund does not fund business-related requests, credit card repayment requests, 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?

The exact number varies for each cycle, but typically 60% of Part I applicants are invited to submit Part II, and approximately 50% of Part II applicants are selected for funding. 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.

Where can I watch the recording of the Grants 101 webinar?

View our YouTube page or click play below!


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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