When a family member is fighting cancer, the whole family suffers.  Emotional and financial resources become depleted at an alarming rate.  For a sibling or a child of a cancer patient, life is turned upside down.  Often these kids feel lost as their need for outside activities goes unanswered.  Yet those same activities help these kids to deal with their pain.

Our goal is to ensure that these children and their families maintain a strong connection to their communities through continued participation in sports or extra-curricular activities during their difficult time.

12 Oaks Grant Eligibility

Children ages 8-18 whose participation in an athletic or artistic extracurricular activity has been or is at risk of being interrupted by the financial strain of cancer.  Currently, we are serving families in the Illinois and Wisconsin geographic area.

Please read the FAQ’s before submitting your application.

Children ages 8-18 whose participation in an athletic or artistic extracurricular activity has been or is at risk of being interrupted by the financial strain of cancer. Currently, we serve families in the Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin geographic areas with the goal of serving families nationally as funds permit.
No. Any extracurricular activity – be it in athletics or the arts (music, theatre, dance, etc.) -where there are fees and expenses involved will be considered.
No. The 12 Oaks Foundation will write and send a check for the designated amount on your behalf directly to the appropriate individual/organization.
The application must be accompanied by a copy of a brochure, flyer, website page, or letter from the individual/organization providing the activity or lessons. Please circle or highlight the fee for which the grant is necessary. In addition, a signed statement by the physician or social worker verifying a child or adult is currently being treated for cancer in the family.
Yes. In order for us to touch as many lives as possible, we cap financial support at $500 per child and $2000 per family annually.
No. But proof of illness must be authenticated. We understand ongoing cancer treatment often results in financial strain on families. However, we may request additional information to understand the financial need for the activity or other support that may be available directly from the organization.
No. Only if the child does not end up participating in the activity, or if the funds are somehow otherwise misappropriated would repayment be required.
Yes. We examine each grant application on an individual basis, provided the child meets the criteria for eligibility.
No. In order to help out as many applicants as possible, a child is only eligible to receive one grant annually.
The grants committee of the 12 Oaks Foundation reviews each application thoroughly, then awards grants to the children who meet our established guidelines and present compelling cases. We will award grants to these qualified applicants as our funds permit.
Grants from the 12 Oaks Foundation are made possible by our fundraising events, and the generous contributions of our sponsors and private donors.

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