Essential Living Expense

Financial Aid Program

A one-time use program for temporary financial relief of basic living expenses during pancreatic cancer treatment.

How The Essential Living Expense Program Works

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NPCF may assist with paying bills that come due for the pancreatic cancer patient to include rent/mortgage and basic utilities, for a time period of up to 2 consecutive months.

Our goal is to alleviate some financial stress and burden that pancreatic cancer patients and families face during treatment.

If you or a loved one is facing pancreatic cancer and are experiencing financial hardship, we may be able to help.

While we are able to help financially in 2 ways, we only approve applicants for one of our financial aid programs. Please contact us if you have any questions about which program to apply for.

  • We may cover the following bills: rent/mortgage (mortgage can not be in foreclosure or bankruptcy),
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Propane

**We do not cover the following bills: credit cards, furniture, food, insurances, cable tv, phone, or other similar expenses.

  • All funding requests are subject to approval.
  • Funding is limited and based on the availability of funds at the time of the request.
  • Some approved requests may only receive partial funding.
  • Payments are made directly to the business that current bills are due. We do not reimburse for expenses already paid.
  • Applicant must be residing in the residence for payment of rent/mortgage and utilities.

This program is one-time use and may only be applied for and utilized one time.

Can you say YES to the following statements?

  1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  2. You must live in the United States
  3. The application must be completed in full, including submitting all required documents.
    *Original signatures, No faxes or copies of doctor signatures will be accepted.
  4. Have an annual household income of less than 200% of the national poverty level (see below)
  5. Applicant must be residing in the residence for payment of rent/mortgage and utilities.
  6. Have no more than $5000 total liquid assets (cash, checking and/or savings, equity in your home, recreational vehicles, IRA’s 401K, stocks or other investments, etc)
  7. The applicant or household members do not have active crowdfunding on sites like GoFundMe, SpotFund, FundRazr, Fundly, Plumfund, GoGetFUnding, etc.

**Any inaccurate or misleading information provided in an application will automatically terminate qualification for financial assistance.

How To Apply

You must apply and create an account using our Application Process.

You MUST upload each of these items after filling out the application to get approval.

  • Applicant may be required to submit original paper copies of diagnosis documentation for processing and verification purposes. Upon request, applicants will need to mail these items to 1760 Centre St, Suite A, Rapid City, SD 57703. Once processing is completed, the original will be mailed back to the applicant**
  • All funding requests are subject to approval.
  • Funding is limited and based on the availability of funds at the time of the request.
  • Some approved requests may only receive partial funding.
  • Payments are made directly to the business on the bill that is due. We do not reimburse for expenses already paid.

This program is one-time use and may only be applied for and utilized one time.

2021 Income Guidelines

(200% of Federal poverty guidelines)

Documents that you will need to upload to get approved.

Proof of Us Citizenship Documentation

Proof Of US Citizenship

A copy of your US Passport or Birth Certificate is needed for your application.

Driver's License or State issued ID Card

Copy of Drivers License

Or A State Identification Card will also work to prove identity and residency.

We will need a copy of income statements for all household members to process your application.

Proof of Income

Proof of income for all adults residing in the household (social security letter, paystub, etc.)

Signed Physician's Diagnosis

Signed Doctor's Letter

A signed letter from the treating physician advising the applicant has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

This must be on company letterhead, include the physician's address and phone number, and contain an original signature from the treating physician and date of diagnosis.

*Must be an original signature by the doctor (you can upload a copy for now but the original must be mailed to 1760 Centre St, Suite A, Rapid City, SD 57703 prior to your second month of assistance being approved)

Letter of Explanation

Letter of Explanation

A written and signed letter of explanation from the applicant regarding the current situation and need for financial assistance.

*Letters without the applicant’s signature will not be accepted.*

We will need bank statemtns as well to prove household income

Bank Statements

We will need this for ALL Adults living in the household for the past 3 months.

"I was delighted when I was informed that I was approved for up to three months of assistance from your foundation. Being told that I had pancreatic cancer was such a shock. It was like a slap in the face or a punch to the gut. I must say that I deeply appreciate the help and concern from your organization. It is a blessing to receive this assistance at this time as I fight pancreatic cancer; at the same time, the co-pays and bills are presenting a financial challenge to me on my limited income. Your assistance with my utilities helps to relieve a lot of stress. I do not have to worry about the lights or gas or heat being turned off while I am at my chemotherapy treatment. It is heartwarming to know that organizations such as yours are reaching out to help those struggling like me. May God richly bless your staff and your donors."

Blessings,

Patricia Simpson

"Thank you for the financial assistance you have given me. It came to me at a time when I did not expect it, and it was more than I expected. Words cannot express my gratitude. National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, you have truly been a blessing to me and my family in our time of need."

Paula Simon

"Thanks to all donors and organizations that donated to NPCF.
The financial assistance with my utilities is much appreciated. Thank you very much."

Pinky Brown

AFTER your application is APPROVED you will be required to upload the following documents:

Current Bills will be needed for the financial assistance program

Copy of Current Bills

Provide copies of all bills you are requesting assistance with.

  • Rent/mortgage (mortgage can not be in foreclosure or bankruptcy).
  • Electric/Gas/Water bills/Propane
    Bills cannot be in another person's name unless that person is the patient's spouse.
  • Bills cannot be on an automatic payment system with the creditor.

*Once you have completed the online application and been approved, you will be prompted to upload current billing documents. See below for a list of qualifying bills.*

Rental Agreement

Current Lease or Rental Docs

We take into consideration how much your rent costs on your application.

*Note the mortgage can not be in foreclosure or bankruptcy.

We do not offer reimbursement for any bills. Current statements with the amount due must be submitted. We do not automatically pay bills due each month. Upon approval, current billing statements must be submitted monthly to be eligible for payment. This is easily done using a mobile phone to take readable photos.