First Hand Foundation

Request our Help

Request our Help First Hand accepts applications from anywhere in the world. If you or someone you know would like to apply for assistance on behalf of a child, please review the financial guidelines and the criteria listed below. If your child’s case meets all criteria, we are happy to consider your application. 


  • The child must be 18 years of age or younger (a person 19–21 may be considered if they are in a child-like mental state)
  • The child must be under the care of a pediatrician
  • The case must involve a child with a specific healthcare need
  • The request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child
  • There must be no existing insurance coverage for the requested expenses
  • One request per year, per child for a maximum of three times in a child’s lifetime

  • Treatment: Clinical procedures, medicine, therapy, prosthesis, etc.
  • Equipment: Wheelchairs, assistive technology equipment, care devices, hearing aids, etc.
  • Displacement: Lodging, food, gas, parking and transportation for families of seriously ill children who must travel during treatment
  • Vehicle modifications: Lifts, ramps and transfer boards

  • Home modification projects
  • Alternative or experimental drugs, treatment or therapy where there is controversy in the medical community
  • Wheelchair-accessible van purchases
  • Requests for research funding, mass population grants or other nonprofit organizational grants
  • Requests for debt reduction/past medical bills
  • Copays or deductibles

Financial Guidlines