There are over 200 cancer foundations in the US, most of which were created to fund needed national level research aimed at finding cures for cancer. GCCF is unique in that it focuses financial aid solely on cancer patients, their families and caregivers at the local community level, and also provides other free awareness, educational programs and support services for the local community.
It should be noted that the GCCF Grants Program unfortunately does not have the funds to finance cancer treatment or drugs. It is also unfortunate that there are very few organizations that supplement the costs of cancer treatment for the uninsured and underinsured. The costs of treatment cover a vast range, sometimes with each individual chemotherapy or radiation treatment costing several thousand dollars. Most organizations that consider financial aid limit payments specifically to reimbursing the costs of treatments and drugs. The GCCF Grants Program was created to provide limited financial grants more specifically focused on improving the life experience (and thus the healing process) of the patient, their families and caregivers, due to the physical, emotional and financial burdens caused by the disease.
All financial grants, supplements and other grants are subject to eligibility and are limited to funds availability. Due to limited resources, the GCCF is not able to grant awards to all who apply.
Applicants may apply for more than one type of grant, but typically only one will be awarded if selected by the selection committee.
If you wish to receive one of the described grants, you must first complete the Applicant Financial Aid Self-Assessment (the “Who Is Eligible for” paragraph in each application package). Then complete the appropriate Financial Grant Form. Upon completion of the application, the forms should be signed by you (and any others indicated). All signatures must be original and no stamps, photocopies or initials can be accepted.
All information is strictly confidential and is for GCCF use only. A GCCF case manager will review the application information and contact the person requesting assistance. The case manager may ask to visit the applicant at their home to discuss their needs and further qualify them for their request.
The GCCF Board of Directors will meet monthly to review grant requests. If you are approved for your grant, we will notify you as soon as practical with the details.
No, all funds are distributed to individuals and families at the local level.
GCCF has nine board members who run the organization, as well as many other volunteers working on the community event fundraisers and the GCCF free awareness, educational programs and support services. All of these volunteers have been touched by cancer and believe in assisting their community neighbors. No one associated with GCCF receives any kind of salary, payments or fees.
Yes, the process is simple. Financial assistance consists of needs-based grants either directly to the individual or jointly to the individual and various service providers.
No, there is never any cost, fees, repayments or strings attached to any GCCF grant or service.