Financial Assistance

First Responders Children’s Foundation awards grants to individuals and to first responder agencies.

Individual grants support children whose first responders parents have lost their lives or sustained serious injuries in the line of duty. Community grants support programs created by first responders to impact children and their communities.

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If your application for financial assistance is related to Hurricane Ian, please apply through the Hurricane Ian Disaster Response Fund.

Individual Financial Assistance

The Individual Financial Hardship Grant is designed for first responders who are in dire need of financial assistance related to housing distress, extenuating childcare/eldercare expenses, and medical and/or mental health expenses related to your position.

Please note:
Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.
Please submit the following information:

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will provide access to emergency financial assistance for unforeseen medical expenses as well as food, supplies, rent, mortgage, utility and child care assistance. The fund is designed to be flexible and to address additional areas of support as they develop within the first responder community.


The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the foundation’s First Responders Strong fundraising campaign launched today. CSX, a premier transportation company, is the first corporate partner to commit to the fund through the company’s Pride in Service initiative.

100% of proceeds will provide financial aid to first responders protecting our communities.

Community Engagement Grant

Please review the following criteria to determine if your organization is eligible for our Agency Grant and best practices for applying.

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Emergency Response Funds

First Responders Children’s Foundation is actively engaging public safety agencies to encourage First Responders who need financial assistance to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Response grants.

Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.
The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will provide access to emergency financial assistance for unforeseen medical expenses as well as food, supplies, rent, mortgage, utility and child care assistance. The fund is designed to be flexible and to address additional areas of support as they develop within the first responder community.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the foundation’s First Responders Strong fundraising campaign launched today. CSX, a premier transportation company, is the first corporate partner to commit to the fund through the company’s Pride in Service initiative.
100% of proceeds will provide financial aid to first responders protecting our communities.
Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.

Say thank you to our First Responders using the hashtag using the hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong or donating just $1 to help raise $2.8 million in tribute to each of our nation’s estimated 2.8 million first responders.

Individual Financial Assistance

The Individual Financial Hardship Grant is designed for first responders who are in dire need of financial assistance related to housing distress, extenuating childcare/eldercare expenses, and medical and/or mental health expenses related to your position.

Please note:
Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.
Please submit the following information:

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will provide access to emergency financial assistance for unforeseen medical expenses as well as food, supplies, rent, mortgage, utility and child care assistance. The fund is designed to be flexible and to address additional areas of support as they develop within the first responder community.


The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the foundation’s First Responders Strong fundraising campaign launched today. CSX, a premier transportation company, is the first corporate partner to commit to the fund through the company’s Pride in Service initiative.

100% of proceeds will provide financial aid to first responders protecting our communities.

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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The success of our programs is only possible with the generous support of donors like you.

There is no greater way of demonstrating respect and appreciation for your community than by supporting our first responders on the front lines.

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