Brave of Heart Fund Grant

New York Life Foundation

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Deadline: Dec 31, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Fields of work: Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Child Care Services Basic Human Needs Human & Social Services Affordable Housing Health Care Access & Delivery Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Educational Access & Equity Show all

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About the Brave of Heart Fund

The Brave of Heart Fund was established to provide monetary grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lose their lives because of COVID-19. The cash grant awards will provide basic and continuing financial support for common needs, such as funeral costs, medical care, counselling, food, educational expenses of children and other dependents currently in school, mortgage or rent payments, and immediate living expenses, as these family members manage the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and begin to move forward.

There are two forms of grants that may be available. You may be eligible for an initial grant of $15,000 to alleviate the cost of immediate needs related to funeral costs and other essential household expenses. A second grant may also be available for continuing needs and longer-term expenses for up to six months, subject to income eligibility and documentation of financial need. This second grant is intended to help defray expenses such as housing, utilities, educational expenses of dependents currently in school, childcare, clothing, food, transportation, counseling, and medical expenses. These grants may range up to $60,000. The exact amount of any grant will depend on a variety of factors including, without limitation, the applicant’s demonstration of financial need and availability of funds. The final determination of grant eligibility and amounts will be made by E4E Relief. Grants and grant amounts are not guaranteed and are subject to availability of funds remaining within the Fund.  

This verification portal is available to family members of healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lost their lives because of COVID-19 to submit information to verify your eligibility to apply for a Brave of Heart Fund grant. Once verified, the eligible family member will be invited to apply directly to E4E Relief for available grants.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Are you a spouse, domestic partner, dependent child or dependent parent of an eligible healthcare worker?
    • An “eligible healthcare worker” is a healthcare worker or healthcare volunteer who lived in the U.S. at the time of death and worked or volunteered in or for a licensed hospital, medical center or clinic, nursing home, medical transport vehicle, triage center, or other licensed medical facilities, provider or setting, or who worked or volunteered as an emergency medical technician, ambulance technician or paramedic, in the U.S., and died from COVID-19–related causes at any time through May 15, 2021, including doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies, cafeteria workers, custodians, emergency medical technicians, and others. The individual must have had exposure to patients with COVID-19 while working or volunteering. The individual did not need to be a licensed medical professional if the other criteria are met. 
    • To be considered a dependent of the healthcare worker, you will need to demonstrate that you were financially dependent on the deceased eligible healthcare worker. While not required, the most common way to do so is to provide evidence that you were claimed as a dependent on the healthcare worker’s most recent tax return.
    • A domestic partner of a healthcare worker is someone who had a close and committed personal relationship and lived regularly with but was not legally married to the healthcare worker.


This page was last reviewed May 18, 2021 and last updated May 18, 2021