Financial Aid Funds

This independent division of Patient Advocate Foundation provides small grants to patients who meet financial and medical criteria. Grants are provided on first-come first served basis and are distributed until funds are depleted. Qualifications and processes for each fund may differ based on fund requirements.

Eligibility is different for each specific fund, refer to the program details to identify if criteria is met.  The purpose of each fund is defined in the fund details. 

This independent division of Patient Advocate Foundation provides small grants to patients who meet financial and medical criteria. Grants are provided on first-come first served basis and are distributed until funds are depleted. Qualifications and processes for each fund may differ based on fund requirements. Patients who are interested in applying for financial assistance should start by calling this division toll free at (855) 824-7941 or by registering your account and submitting an application online here.

Open Funds

These open funds are accepting applications for new and renewal patients. If your application for assistance is approved you can begin receiving funds immediately.

Heart Valve Financial Aid Fund

Patients diagnosed with a heart valve disorder

The fund supports patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying heart valve condition or disorder and who are currently receiving treatment, have been in treatment within the last 6 months or are starting treatment within 60 days. Once approved, the financial fund provides a one-time $600 grant to help offset the out-of-pocket expenses associated with transportation, lodging, housing, utilities, and food needs related to heart valve treatments. Each patient must meet household income guidelines and provide diagnosis documentation in order to finalize the application. Review the program disclaimer for this fund.

Register and apply online here.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Financial Aid Fund

Patients diagnosed with Merkel Cell Carcinoma

The fund supports patients who have been diagnosed with the rare form of skin cancer known as Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). Once approved, the financial fund provides one-time assistance of $1000 to cover transportation-related expenses connected to treatment appointments, lodging, and food or nutritional needs. Eligible patients include those who are undergoing active treatment, have received treatment within the previous 6 months, or will be receiving treatment in the next 60 days. Each patient must meet household income guidelines and provide diagnosis documentation in order to finalize the application. Review the program disclaimer for this fund. 

Register and apply online here.

LEISHLine Financial Aid Fund

Patients diagnosed with ARDS, TSS, and/or Sepsis

The fund supports patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and/or Sepsis within the last 6 months. Once approved, the financial fund provides a one-time $1,000 grant to cover expenses related to transportation, housing and, lodging, utilities, or food /nutrition needs. Each patient must meet income guidelines and provide diagnosis documentation in order to finalize the application. This fund is an exclusive program of and fully funded by the Begin Again Foundation in connection with their LEISHLine program to support patients. Review the program disclaimer for this fund.

Register and apply online here.

Fully Allocated Funds

Once a fund becomes fully allocated, PAF is unable to process applications that are pending or accept new applications at that time.  Should additional funding become available in the future, it will be necessary for patients to re-apply at that time. 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Financial Aid Fund-- Fully Allocated as of July 26, 2019

Patients diagnosed with Stage III or Stage IV Breast Cancer

Supporting Stage III and Stage IV breast cancer patients, this financial fund provides a $600 grant specifically to cover various non-medical related expenses connected to treatment, including transportation assistance, food, utilities, housing expenses or pre-burial expenses. Each patient must meet income guidelines and provide documentation of current active treatment or treatment within the last 6 months in order to finalize the application.  Review the program disclaimer for this fund.

Register and apply online here.

COVID-19 Care Recovery Fund-- Fully Allocated as of May 20, 2020

Through the COVID Care Recovery Fund, PAF Financial Aid Counselors are providing financial assistance through this small grant program, assisting eligible patients who are in need of non-medical day to day cost of living expenses as a result of their diagnosis of COVID-19.

Eligibility Criteria include:

  • Currently diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past six (6) months

The grant funds can be used for routine cost of living, out of pocket expenses for the patient and/or their caregiver(s) associated with the following:

  • Food/Nutrition expenses, including food delivery/take-out/pick-up (restaurants and/or groceries)
  • Utility Bills (including phone/cable/internet services, water/sewer, electricity, gas, trash, propane refills)
  • Rent or Mortgage payments
  • Car Payments and other transportation expenses
  • Temporary Lodging (including for caregiver)

Patients can access the COVID Care Recovery Fund and complete an application for assistance via a secure portal 24/7 or call 855-824-7941 and will be screened to determine eligibility. Once the application/attestation form is completed, eligible patients will be approved and will receive a $500 grant check.