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AKF Safety Net Grants

Effective August 3, 2012, the AKF Safety Net Program is no longer accepting NEW grant request applications for the remainder of 2012. Since January 2012, we have successfully processed and issued thousands of Safety Net Grants, maximizing our available budget. We have now reached our annual budget limit for this program after experiencing a very high volume of grant requests this year.

Safety Net Grant requests that were previously submitted to AKF, and were approved, will be awarded over the next three to five months based on our processing schedule. Applications that were received prior to today, but not yet approved, will be considered; however, any outstanding documentation such as consent forms and medication lists must be submitted by August 24 to be considered for approval.

At this time, we are projecting that in January 2013, we will once again begin accepting new grant applications for the Safety Net Program.

Safety Net Grants Cover: 


Treatment-specific expenses such as transportation costs to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines, medication co-payments, kidney donor expenses and other necessities such as dentures.


Medications, nutritional products, and durable medical supplies. The American Kidney Fund has contracted with mail order pharmacies to provide medications and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants.


Disaster relief assistance when catastrophic events strike dialysis patients’ communities. This program provides funds to help patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities lost because of disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.


The cost of dialysis while traveling. Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20% of treatment costs not covered by Medicare or any other source for emergency transient dialysis. Grants are limited to travel necessitated by death or serious illness in the family or for the purpose of kidney transplant workup only.

Important note to dialysis center social workers:

AKF is no longer accepting or processing outdated versions of program applications.
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