The Brave of Heart Fund was co-founded in May 2020 by the New York Life and Cigna foundations, industry-leading financial and health service organizations, alongside charitable partner E4E Relief. The fund provides financial and emotional support to the surviving family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19. The two foundations seeded the fund with $25 million each, with the goal of growing it to $100 million through support from other corporations and individuals. New York Life Foundation is also matching gifts from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, up to an additional $25 million.
BoH began disbursing charitable funds in May, supporting more than one hundred families with $15,000 toward their immediate expenses, and it continues to accept applications for grants to support eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lost their lives to COVID-19 while caring for others. To date, the fund has received applications from families seeking support in nineteen states.
In support of its mission, the fund is accepting applications for Phase II grants. Impacted families may apply for financial support of up to $60,000 per family for long-term needs, including medical care and counseling, housing, food, transportation, and the educational needs of family members.
Impacted families are able to apply for both short and long-term grants.
Grant eligibility and amounts will be determined by E4E Relief and will depend on a variety of factors, including financial need and overall funding.
See the Brave of Heart Fund website for an FAQ and to verify your eligibility for a grant.