Grant Seeker Resources

The USBG Foundation has compiled a list of possible helpful resources for those facing financial and other hardships.

General Financial Assistance

 

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides financial assistance for both individuals and small businesses.

  • Need Help Paying Bills

    • They have info on assistance programs, charity organizations, and resources that provide help paying bills, mortgage, and debt relief (financial, rent, and governmental assistance).

 

  • 211.org

    • Referrals to agencies and community organizations that offer emergency financial assistance

    • To access:

      • Dial 211 from any phone, or

      • Visit 211.org and search for contact information by zip code.

 

  • Aunt Bertha

    • An online resource that connects users to free and reduced cost local resources such as medical care, food, housing, transportation, etc.

    • The website can be converted to Spanish.

 

  • Help When You Need It

    • Nationwide listings of private and public resources for food pantries, stores that accept food stamps, assisted living facilities, domestic violence and homeless shelters, mental health and substance use treatment, free clinics, and legal and financial assistance.

 

  • Help With Bills

    • Information about government programs that help with bill payment, temporary assistance, jobs/unemployment, credit, etc.

 
Assistance with Medical Care/Hospital Bills

 

  • Healthwell Foundation

    • Provides financial assistance for underinsured to afford critical medical treatments through “disease funds” (note, typically for chronic physical diseases—not mental health conditions).

 

  • Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN)

    • Provides underinsured patients with financial assistance through disease-specific funds that provide access to progressive therapies. Spanish-language calls accepted.

 

  • Patient Advocate Foundation

    • Helps federally- and commercially-insured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases. Offers co-pay relief program as well as other resources and services.

 

  • Rise Above the Disorder

    • Resources for finding a therapist, answering mental health questions, and applying for grants to cover the cost of therapy.

 

  • The Assistance Fund

    • Foundation providing patient advocates to help people get financial assistance for co-payments, prescriptions, deductibles, premiums, and medical expenses. Spanish translation service available.

Assistance with Prescription Medication

 

 

  • Blink Prescription Assistance

    • Individuals (with or without insurance) pay upfront for medication online and then take a voucher to their pharmacy.

 

  • GoodRX

    • An online database allows you to compare current prescription drug prices at pharmacies to find the lowest cost.

 

  • Medicine Assistance Tool

    • Search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the pharmaceutical industry offers.

  • Needy Meds

    • Offers a helpline and information on financial assistance programs to help defray the cost of medication.

 

  • RX Assist

    • Directory of free and low-cost medicine programs and other ways to manage medication costs.

 

  • RX Hope

    • Free patient assistance program to help people in need obtain critical medications.

    • Online coupons for downloading/printing. Can be brought to the pharmacy to see if it will give the consumer a lower price.

Assistance with Accessing Food

  • Feeding America

    • A national organization that operates food banks throughout various states to reduce hunger.

 

  • Although various school districts have closed, some are still providing free breakfast and lunch to children between the ages of 2-18. Check online with your local school district.

Small Business Assistance 

 

  • Consult your bank or lender to see what loans you qualify for or what is most beneficial for your business.

 

  • Contact your state’s department of small business services. There may be local programs that provide financial assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19. In some areas, businesses may qualify for low-interest loans and employee retention grants.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 resource page provides a list of relief programs and offers guidance to small business owners.

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