Expect Miracles Foundation's Samfund Grants program provides financial assistance in the form of grants to young adult cancer survivors.


All Fall 2022 grant application deadlines have passed. Our Spring application will be posted in January, so check back for more details. For more info about the process, please read below! For questions, please email us to programs@expectmiraclesfoundation.org.


 Frequently Asked Questions:

1. 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 2022 grant cycle. If you were funded during the Spring 2022 main grant cycle, we would ask you to wait until Spring 2023 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), in molecular remission and on long-term targeted therapy (such as Gleevec or Herceptin), or in remission and on immunotherapy
2. When are your applications available? Can I apply now?
-We do not evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Instead, our applications are available twice each year, in the Spring and in the Fall. They open and accept applications for an approximately three-week long period each season. Please see the last paragraph on this page to sign-up for email reminders on our exact application timelines.

3. What kinds of requests are eligible for funding? Samfund grants may be requested for the categories listed below. The dollar amounts shown are the maximum amount awarded in that category. Samfund grants may be requested for the categories listed below. The dollar amounts shown are the maximum amount awarded in that category.

-Car Payments ($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 Bill Payment ($1,000)

Please note that Expect Miracles Foundation 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. Additionally, Expect Miracles Foundation does not accept requests for undergraduate tuition. We will, however, consider requests for graduate tuition, vocational training, and continuing education. 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/ 


4. What if I pay rent or mortgage to my parent or relative? Can I still apply?

-Yes. If your name is not on the lease or mortgage statement, you may request assistance with housing expenses if that is a bill you help with. We will still make payment directly to the payee (landlord or lender) rather than your relative or friend. If you are selected for funding in this case, we may need one extra piece of paperwork showing you live at that address. For specific questions, please email programs@expectmiraclesfoundation.org.


5. What is the average grant size?

-Our average grant size for a main grant is typically between $1,500-$2,000. A family building grant is typically between $2,500-$4,000.


6. What is Expect Miracles Foundation looking for in a Samfund grant applicant?

-In addition to the eligibility requirements stated above, the best candidates for a main grant have immediate need and few other sources of support or resources. The best candidates for funding for a family building grant have a clear sense of their timing and cost, and plans for how to fund the remainder of their process. If you are not sure whether or not you would be a good candidate for funding, please email your specific questions to programs@expectmiraclesfoundation.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.


7. How do I apply?

-The application will be available on this page later this year. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified in advance of the application opening (see below instructions to sign-up).

-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). We cannot accept forms from previous grant cycles, as treatment statuses can change.

-Recent tax forms;

-If you didn’t submit taxes, we require a signed Affidavit explaining why you have not paid taxes for 2020 or 2021. 


8. 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.


9. 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!


10. 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!


11. 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 programs@expectmiraclesfoundation.org. You may also call our office at 617-938-3484.


We fully respect and uphold the privacy of each applicant. All information gathered through grant applications is kept secure and confidential. If you would like to be notified about grant deadlines and about other grant and scholarship opportunities, please join our mailing list (click here), go to the righthand side of the page, enter your information, and select “Grants info.” If you would like to be notified about Family Building grant deadlines, please join the “Family Building” mailing list instead. Still have questions? Please email us at programs@expectmiraclesfoundation.org. Thank you!


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