NEW: Samfund COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Expect Miracles Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Samfund COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support young adult cancer survivors whose income has been negatively impacted by the current crisis. At this time, funding is only available to young adults who have previously received Samfund grants, with the goal to provide assistance to more young adult cancer survivors as funding permits. 

These grants will consist of a one-time rent/mortgage payment (up to $2,000 maximum per household). Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a weekly basis and grants will be available until funds are exhausted.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    • At this time, previous Samfund recipients who live in the US are eligible to apply, independent of their current age or treatment status. The applicant’s household must have experienced a job loss or significant reduction in wages/hours due to the COVID-19 crisis; however, there is no specific income requirement.
  • What do I need to apply?
    • Beginning April 15, please go HERE to complete an application. Aside from basic financial information and short essays, applicants will be required to provide a copy of their lease or most recent mortgage statement, along with the pay stub from the last pay period in which the employee received 100% of their wages, and documentation proving job loss or reduction in hours/wages (contact information of a manager or HR department or an explanation of circumstances will suffice if no documentation is available). Submissions will be reviewed on a weekly basis, and the cutoff each week will be Wednesday at 5pm ET. Applications received after that time will be reviewed the following week. Submissions will be reviewed on Thursdays, applicants will be notified on Fridays, and payments will be mailed on Mondays. 
  • What if I have needs other than rent/mortgage?
    • Right now, in order to be able to provide assistance as quickly as possible, we are restricting requests to this one category. If you don’t necessarily need help with rent, but you have other financial needs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, this assistance may offset those expenses. You will have space in the application to discuss the context of your request.
  • What if I can’t get a copy of my lease or mortgage statement?
    • Unfortunately, we do require these documents for funding, and will be unable to consider any applications without a lease or mortgage statement attached. 
  • Why is this only for previous Samfund grant recipients? 
    • We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting nearly everyone, especially individuals with a cancer history. However, we made a commitment to our Samfund grant recipients when we awarded their grants and welcomed them into our community; we feel we have a duty to first uphold that commitment with our limited funds until we are able to expand to a larger young adult audience.
  • Why is this only for young adults?
    • The Samfund has historically provided financial support to young adults trying to recover from the financial impacts of their cancer treatment. Young adults are an overlooked and underserved population that face a unique set of challenges as a result of their stage in life, with few other resources available to them. Many are too old to have parental support, and many are supporting young families of their own. They may lack seniority at their job, and whatever savings they have managed to accrue disappear quickly during treatment. The Samfund was created back in 2005 to help young adult survivors move forward with their personal, professional, and educational goals. Since joining forces with Expect Miracles Foundation in July 2019, the goals of our Samfund program remain the same.
  • What if my monthly rent or mortgage is greater than $2,000?
    • In order to provide assistance to as many individuals as possible, $2,000 is the maximum amount we are able to provide at this time.
  • How many times can I receive funding?
    • Currently, this is a one-time grant.
  • How many times can I apply?
    • Alumni (who are not funded) may apply once a month. Anyone who submits an application will receive a pdf of their submission, and the information can be repurposed for subsequent applications. Please hold onto any documentation or paperwork if you need to resubmit!
  • When will I find out if I have been funded?
    • Applicants who submit by 5pm on a Wednesday will find out on Friday of the same week if they have been selected for funding.
  • How long will the application be open?
    • We will keep the application open as long as we have funds to distribute. Keep checking back at this page for more information.
  • How can I support this program?
    • With so much need out there right now, we welcome any support you can give. The more funding we receive, the longer we can continue to provide emergency assistance to our community, and the more likely it is that we can expand funding to the broader YA survivor community. Please go HERE to donate, and thank you!

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.




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