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Qualifying for a Safety Net Grant

In order to qualify for a Safety Net Grant from the American Kidney Fund:

  • The patient must be a dialysis patient or a kidney transplant recipient. Transplant patients may be no more than five years post-transplant.
  • The patient must not be covered for the requested expense by other program or insurance.  Financial assistance by the American Kidney Fund is considered "last resort" funding.
  • Safety Net Grants are not provided for hospital bills, medical bills, physician’s services, dialysis treatment costs or transplantation surgery.  These expenses are usually covered by health insurance and/or governmental programs.
  • The patient must demonstrate financial need on the patient application. Financial need will be assessed based on numerous factors including household income, reasonable expenses and liquid assets.

All applications must be submitted online via our Grants Managements System (GMS).  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Patient Services Department at 1.800.795.3226 or email

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