Financial Help for First Responders & Agencies

First Responders Children’s Foundation awards grants to individuals and to public safety agencies.  Grants to individuals support children who have endured financial hardship and whose first responder parents have lost their lives or sustained serious injuries in the line of duty.  Grants to public safety agencies support programs created and operated by first responders that impact children and the communities in which they live.

First responders are paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and employees directly supporting police and fire departments such as 911 dispatchers.  The brave medical personnel and staff of the emergency services of the hospitals and health facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients shall be deemed first responders for the purpose of being eligible for grants from the Emergency Response Fund.

Eligibility & Applications

COVID-Related Individual Financial Help

Click below to submit a fully-completed application to be considered for a grant.  If applicable, please include the following:

  • First Responder ID or letter from your employer required.
  • Proof of financial distress (applicable bills).
  • Childcare or child-related bills.
  • Supervisor contact information at place of employment (cell phones not applicable).
  • *For a funeral, please fill out the funeral application available on this page. 

Funeral
Financial Help

COVID & Not COVID-related

The Funeral Grant application is for a relative of a first responder who has passed and who is now responsible for funeral costs, OR a first responder who is responsible for the funeral costs of a family member.

Please submit the following information:

  • Funeral expenses.
  • Supporting documentation related to the passing of your family member, if applicable. 
  • First Responder ID or letter from your employer required.
  • Supervisor contact information at place of employment (cell phones not applicable).

NOT COVID-Related Individual
Financial Help

Please do not apply via this application if your financial distress is related to Covid in any way. This includes battling Covid (yourself or a family member), having to quarantine, loss of hours or job related to Covid, or financial bills related to Covid.

Not Covid-related awards are designated to answer a specific financial need due to tragic circumstances, including job-related injuries, natural disaster, or medical issues.  Please demonstrate and document the financial need.  The amount of the grant depends on the financial situation of the applicant and on the funds available.

Please submit the following items:

  • First Responder ID or letter from your employer required.
  • Proof of financial distress (applicable bills).
  • Childcare or child-related bills, if applicable.
  • Supervisor contact information at place of employment (cell phones not applicable).
  • *For a funeral, please fill out the funeral application available on this page. 

Agency / Community
Financial Help

 

Public safety agency applicants must be affiliated with a first responder agency or department, and requests should be related to educational activities and programs which benefit children and / or the communities in which they live.

Please submit the following items:

  • Cover letter explaining how the funding will be used and any opportunities for visibility or recognition for First Responders Children’s Foundation.
  • Supporting material about how the program will be funded, who benefits, statistics about the success of the program, and itemized list of funding requested.   
  • Proof of non-profit status, if applicable.
  • Record of the organization’s activity from the previous year.

 

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Applicants must reside in the United States.   First Responders Children’s Foundation officers, committee members, employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible.  For questions, call (646) 822-4236 or email Info@1stRCF.org.

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CSX Pride in Service Grants

CSX Pride in Service Grants are awarded to both individuals and public safety agencies.  Individual grants are for first responders and their children and families who have endured financial hardship especially in cases where first responders have lost their life or sustained serious injuries in the line of duty.  Public safety agency grants are for programs created by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the communities in which they live.

Other Resources

In addition to applying for financial help from First Responders Children’s Foundation, these resources may also be helpful: