Grants

The Fall 2021 Grant Application is now open!

Expect Miracles Foundation’s Samfund grant application will be available from July 8th until August 5th (at 5pm EST). Please read the info below for important details, then you may APPLY HERE.

In the meantime, to get a jumpstart on your application forms, download the Medical History Verification Form here (and get to a licensed clinician as soon as possible), and download the Affidavit here (for anyone who did not file taxes in BOTH 2019 and 2020– edit to reflect your situation).

Please check out our “Grants 101” Webinar below:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • I tried to reset my password, but I still haven’t received a password reset email:
    • Please email us at grants@thesamfund.org for further assistance
  • Am I eligible to apply?
    • You are eligible to apply if all of the below apply to you:
      • You are a U.S. resident
      • You are a cancer survivor between the ages of 21 and 39 at the time the application is submitted
      • You are not a financial dependent
      • You have not been funded through our main grant program three times (COVID Emergency Fund grants do not count towards this total).
      • You were not funded during the Spring 2021 grant cycle. If you were funded during the Spring 2021 main grant cycle, we would ask you to wait until Spring 2022 to reapply.
      • You meet ONE of the following criteria:
        • a) finished with active treatment with no evidence of disease
        • b)one year past planned therapy with stable disease, or
        • c) In remission and on hormonal therapy (such as Tamoxifen) or in remission and on long-term targeted therapy (such as Gleevec or Herceptin) 
  • What kinds of requests are eligible for funding?
    The Samfund gives grants in the categories listed below. The dollar amounts shown are the maximum amount awarded in that category.

    • Car Payments/Repair ($1,500)
      Graduate Tuition, Continuing Education, or Vocational Training ($3,000)
      Cosmetic, Dental, or Reconstructive Procedures ($2,500)
      Egg, Embryo or Sperm Storage ($1,000)
      Rent/Mortgage Supplementation ($3,000)
      One-time Purchases ($1,000)
    • Please note that 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. Additionally, Expect Miracles Foundation does not accept requests for undergraduate tuition. We will, however, consider requests for graduate tuition, vocational training, and continuing education. Undergraduates may request help with other school-related expenses 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 see the list of resources available here: http://www.thesamfund.org/get-help/resources/undergraduate-tuition-assistance/
  • What is the average grant size?
    • Our average grant size is typically around $1,500. Many applicants are funded in part for one or more of their requests.
  • What is Expect Miracles Foundation looking for in a Samfund grant applicant?
    • In addition to the eligibility requirements stated above, the best candidates for funding 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 grants@thesamfund.org 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 
      • 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.)
  • How do I apply?
    • The application will be available on this page. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified in advance of the application opening.
    • 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
        • If you didn’t submit taxes, we require a signed Affidavit explaining why you have not paid taxes in 2019 or 2020.
  • Why is this only for young adults?
    • Samfund grants have 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 2003 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.
  • How many people are funded?
    • In the past, roughly 50% of applicants have been funded. 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!
  • 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 grants@thesamfund.org. You may also call our office at 617-938-3484.
  • Where can I watch the recording of the Grants 101 webinar?
    •  A link is embedded above, but you can check it out the presentation slides here.

Thank you and good luck!

APPLY NOW

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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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Please email us at grants@thesamfund.org with any other questions!

Thank you!