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Ithaca Health Fund

It is our mission to facilitate access to health care for all with a focus on the needs of the uninsured. The Ithaca Health Fund program helps those in need with the costs of emergency medical or dental expenses and supports health and wellness efforts by our community partners.

Photo: Jon Bosak

The Ithaca Health Fund is a discretionary grant program that provides emergency medical assistance to those with financial need and supports other nonprofit organizations in our communities who conduct health-related projects. The Ithaca Health Fund is a unique program: funded entirely by the donations of community members to support the communities we live in, it's an innovative, local, grassroots approach to our nation's healthcare crisis.

Grants are available to income-qualified people with specific needs addressed by the grant categories offered through the Health Fund.

We try to keep grant application simple. The process will be reviewed with any patient who is referred into the program. IHA staff and Finance Committee members then assess the bill(s) for grant eligibility, based on IHA grant categories, and grant considerations. The patient and health care provider may be contacted for further information in the process of grant review. This may require that the patient authorize Health Alliance staff to discuss their bills with providers. Grant payments are then prepared based upon the results of this process. Review of grants may take up to one month to complete.

Our staff and volunteer advocates also help with applications for charitable assistance from medical providers and drug companies. You can contact us to find out if this would help you and make an appointment with an advocate.

For more information see:

    1. Current categories of grants available through the Health Fund
    2. IHA Community Grants small grants program for other organizations and groups conducting health-related work

By using an anonymous reporting services, we can be wholly transparent about the Health Fund's grant activities and at the same time vigorously protect the confidentiality of all grant recipients.
Grants Made and Denied (updated throughout the year):
Grants Made
Grants Denied




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