These grants are mostly given to help with emergency issues. They can help you with things that could make it harder to get your treatment or to get a transplant, such as transportation issues. The requirements are different for each group. Many are available only for specific issues, or only once a year. A social worker may need to sign the paperwork. Check with the social worker on your treatment team before starting an application.
Many different organizations offer resources to ESRD patients. Below are some groups to consider if you are interested in applying.
- American Kidney Fund (AKF)
- National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
- National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and Delaware
- National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho
- American Transplant Foundation (ATF)
- The Kidney and Urology Foundation of America (KUFA)
- Alabama Kidney Fund
- The Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association (KT/DA)
- Georgia Transplant Foundation
- National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC)
These ESRD-related funds may be used to help with many things, like:
- Health insurance premiums
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Disaster relief
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Financial needs for children with kidney failure
- Meeting basic daily living needs, such as rent, food, clothing, utilities and more.
For example, AKF Safety Net grants provide help with transportation, over-the-counter drugs, co-payments, and other needs, like dentures. For living donors, ATF grants can help with living expenses due to lost wages. Transplant recipients may also be eligible for one-time emergency assistance with insurance premiums, medication co-payments, and direct pharmacy bills.
Each funding group has its own application and submission process. Refer to each group's website for specific requirements.
Here’s one example of a grant application. Review it to get a general idea of what information might be needed before you begin.
Many applications ask for information about:
- Monthly expenses
- Current assets
- Debts and loans
Before you get started, review the application. Find out what information or documents you’re going to need to submit. Being prepared makes the application process simpler.