Frequently Asked Questions
The application is only offered online.
YES. You can complete the application as quickly or as slowly as you would like. You can save your progress as you go or as you complete each section.
Our online grant application system uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect your name, password and all other information transmitted to or from our system to ensure the protection of your data. Our system is hosted in a secured environment with 24 x 7 monitoring, surveillance and support to prevent unauthorized access and data security. Advanced security measures including firewalls, security guards and surveillance are taken to ensure the continued service and protection of your data. Passwords used to access our grant application system are only stored in an encrypted form and are therefore not retrievable by us or any other third party. (In case you need a new password, a temporary password can be generated and sent to you that you can subsequently change).
The time to fully complete the actual online application will take approximately 20-30 minutes. We strongly encourage applicants to gather all required information and documentation outlined on the grant eligibility page prior to beginning the online application. An application will not be considered complete until all required documentation is received. The entire application review process will vary depending on whether we need you to clarify or provide additional information as well as when the Board in your region meets next to review complete applications.
With our online grant application system, we ask that you attach your documentation directly to your application PRIOR to submitting it. To do this, you may need to scan and save your documents in an electronic format to your computer so they can be uploaded and attached to your application. You may also take a photo image of your documentation (ex: using a smartphone) and attach these images to your application where applicable. There is no limit on the number of attachments you may include.
Grant Eligibility Questions
No, exceptions are not permitted. Review all eligibility requirements.
Don’t wait, apply right away! Grants are available for medical costs incurred within 60 days from the time UHCCF determines the application to be complete. It will then be good for one year following the month in which it is approved.
This is a document from your insurance company that confirms no benefits will be paid out for a service or product. It could be a copy of your benefit summary’s exclusions list highlighting no coverage, a denial letter from your insurance company or an Explanation of Benefits that shows no benefits are available.
The child must be listed on your IRS 1040. If the child is not on your IRS 1040 because he/she is less than one year old, and was born after you filed, then please also send us a photocopy of your child’s official birth certificate that clearly shows that the child was born in a month after the IRS 1040 deadline (usually April 15 of each year) as well as a copy of the child’s social security card (please do not black out the child’s SSN on your tax filing). If your child is not on your IRS 1040 because a different person (e.g. former spouse, grand parent, etc.) claims that child, we also require a copy of their IRS 1040 that lists the child.
Application Review and Notification Questions
The Foundation currently has four Regional Boards that review completed applications. Each Regional Board meets once per month. Please note that your application will only go before the Board from your region when it is complete, we have received all required documentation and all information submitted has been screened.
Award notifications are sent via email to the primary parent/guardian’s email address that was provided on the application. Please be sure you are checking this email regularly.
Grant Award, Payment and Use Questions
You could be awarded up to $5,000 annually and $10,000 a lifetime per child. However, grants can vary considerably based on availability of grant funds, the severity and cost/ insurance coverage of the child’s medical condition compared to other similar applicants’ conditions or other factors that the Foundation deems appropriate.
No, Grant funds are not paid to the family or the child outright but rather to cover the medical invoices directly. If you are approved you will be given access to our online payment portal to submit invoicing to UHCCF to be processed for payment.
If a grant is awarded, grants can vary considerably based on availability of grant funds, the severity and cost/ insurance coverage of the child’s medical condition compared to other similar applicants’ conditions or other factors that the Foundation deems appropriate.
The grant will only cover those items as outlined in the grant approval letter, even if you applied for additional items not listed.