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Grant funding principles and guidelines
Our objective: We help head and neck cancer patients live life fully, during and after treatment, through financial aid
The need:

The financial needs of head and neck cancer patients include expenses related to:

  • Dental care, dentures

  • Medical bills and medication expenses

  • Nutritional assistance/supplements

  • Prescription assistance

  • Transportation; gas cards

  • Emergency assistance for utilities, rent and other basic needs

  • Complementary therapies to help with the side effects of treatment, i.e., massage, reflexology, yoga

  • Electro larynx (limited)

  • Co-pays

Our funding principles:

  • Primarily, we fund individuals through nonprofit social service organizations and healthcare providers that can review applications, do a financial assessment, and identify other resources to help the head and neck cancer patient. These organizations will apply for funding from HNC Living Foundation.

  • A discretionary fund will be available for individuals who directly apply for assistance through the Foundation.

  • In the case of individual assistance, HNC Living Foundation will pay service providers or vendors directly; no money will be paid to the patient.

Funding areas:

Treatment – traditional and complementary therapies, nutritional supplements, co-pays

Medication – prescriptions, over-the-counter medications
Equipment --- supplies, dental
Displacement – lodging, transportation, parking, and food as a result of travel for treatment

We provide grants to nonprofit social service organizations and healthcare providers for further benefit to individual head and neck cancer patients. These organizations will manage their own internal application and assessment process to provide assistance and support for the head and neck cancer patients.


To be eligible to be considered for a grant from HNC Living Foundation, applicant organizations must:

  • Provide substantial services to one or more of the following counties: Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass Counties in Missouri and Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Shawnee and Miami Counties in Kansas (however, service delivery does not need to be limited to these counties.)

  • Be a nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) designation

In addition, the program proposed by the applicant organization must:

  • Offer services targeted for head and neck cancer patients

  • Have a system in place for measuring program outcomes for the grant

  • Have a distinct program budget that, while included in the organization’s overall operating budget, shows income and expenses that are specific to the grant-funded program.

  • If funding is requested to develop and/or deliver a program for head and neck cancer patients, the program must be available regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Components of a Funding Proposal:

Submitted applications for HNC Living Foundation grants must include the following components for consideration:

  • Program narrative

  • Program budget

  • Proposed outcomes

  • Participant demographics

  • Supporting documents

    • Financial audit (most recent)

    • Management letter accompanying audit (if applicable)

    • Agency budget (current year)

    • Annual Report (if available)

    • Board of Directors Roster (include company affiliations, officers)

    • IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter

    • IRS Form 990 (most recent, but not older than 23 months)

A discretionary fund is available for individuals to apply for assistance directly through the Foundation.

Criteria for consideration of financial assistance

  • Applicant must be under active treatment for head and neck cancer or has undergone treatment for head and neck cancer by an established oncologist.

  • Typically, the patient must be/have been treated at a facility in a region where HNC Living has raised money.

  • Applicant must complete and submit the HNC Living Foundation Individual Application for Assistance.

  • There is no current insurance coverage for requested expenses.

  • Applicant must meet income qualifications (see application for income guidelines)

  • Can apply once every 12 months.

Not covered:

  • Expenses not related to head and neck cancer treatment or recovery

  • Expenses that can be paid for through other community resources (i.e., emergency assistance funds for rent or utilities, food pantries)

  • Expenses that are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid

  • Debt reduction

  • Home modifications

Review of applications and payment of grants:

  • Applications will be reviewed and financial aid determined within 60 days of receipt of completed application.

  • For individual applicants, payment will be made directly to service providers or vendors for future services. No cash payments will go directly to the patient.

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