Where can I find help with medical bills?
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Most forms of assistance for housing, medical bills, or other personal expenses such as debt relief will come from charitable organizations or government assistance programs, rather than grants from foundations. Foundation grants are generally awarded to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Those that give grants to individuals typically do so to help pay for education or to support artistic or research projects.
If you need funds urgently, more immediate resources for funding may be available in your area, including government agencies, local organizations, and gifts or loans from generous individuals. You might also contact your elected officials to ask about government-sponsored or other programs for which you may be eligible.
See our related Knowledge Base articles:
- Where can I find funding for personal expenses?
- Where can I find help with emergency housing costs?
- How can we raise money for a person or family in need?
- How can I find funding for seniors, veterans, or people with disabilities?
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National Organization for Rare Disorders
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