The Catherine Fund

 

  Our Catherine Fund Grant Program helps working women and men nationwide who are struggling to pay their bills during breast cancer treatment. We provide short-term aid by making payments for non-medical expenses for rent, utilities, food or transportation.

Our spring grant cycle will open on March 29 and will close on April 22, 2019. A new spring grant application will be available for download on this page on March 29 when the grant cycle opens. 
Please scroll down to learn more about our grant process.

Requirements for Assistance from The Catherine Fund

1.       You need to be in active treatment for breast cancer, which we define as being within three months of a breast cancer            
         
surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy), chemotherapy, or radiation only. Hormone therapy does not qualify.
2.
       
You must have a financial hardship as a direct result of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
3.       You must be able to provide documentation that you have been employed (at least 16 hours per week) for at least 8 of the                    12 months prior to the current diagnosis of breast cancer.

4.                 
You must have less than $5000 in liquid assets.
5.             
You must be a US citizen and currently live in the United States.

How Do I Submit an Application?

Please read and follow the directions on the application carefully. 

  • You will need to provide proof of identity, income, financial need, and diagnosis. All of the specifics are on the application.
  • There is a medical release of information that you will need to give to your doctor along with a medical report for your doctor to complete. The treating doctor will also need to provide a letter (on their letterhead) stating that you are currently under their care for breast cancer.
  • In order to protect your personal information, we accept applications and medical forms only via US mail or by fax, (888) 411-5598. We cannot accept an application via our email and we cannot mail applications to you.      

Things to Know When You Apply   

1.       Meeting the requirements for assistance and applying to the Catherine Fund does not guarantee an applicant will receive a grant. 
2.        An applicant can only receive one grant every 12 months.  
3.       Our grants cover
non-medical expenses such as housing, utilities, food or transportation.
4.       Our grants are paid directly to the vendors (i.e. your landlord or mortgage company)
5.       Our review process for completed applications takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

 

More information about our grants

An application form may be completed by any woman or man living in the United States who is in active treatment for breast cancer (defined as being within three months of a breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation) and is seeking temporary relief to pay for existing needs suffered as a direct cause of the active treatment. Necessities of life include paying for rent, utilities, food, and transportation to and from medical treatments. Each application will be evaluated by The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation (the "Catherine Fund") based on the applicant's need and the specific hardship she/he is suffering at the time the grant is considered. The Catherine Fund may only be able to assist a small fraction of the potential recipients who will apply for aid.

 Please see our
Resources page for additional support.

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