Angel Fund in California

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

Responding to the CoronaVirus

The Angel Fund has been closely monitoring the events throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Most of the staff work remotely, as per recommendations from government and public health officials. However, you can contact them via email and phone. Applications for the Angel Fund and Dental Angel Fund are still being accepted, but there may be delays in processing during this time.

If you have questions, call (707) 267-9912 or send an email to [email protected].

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If you are a client or patient looking for support, please contact your medical provider, social worker, and/or local Family Resource Center in order to connect with an eligible sponsor. These people may submit your application on your behalf.

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If you are a recipient of an Angel Fund grant and you have any questions, please contact your Sponsor. They will receive award notifications and communications directly.

If you are a Sponsor and you have any questions, you can email [email protected] to get a quick response. You may contact the office via phone, but there is no guarantee of a faster response.

The Humboldt Health Foundation Angel Fund provides small grants for individuals living in Humboldt County to help them with their immediate medical or health related needs.

The Angel Fund was created to quickly assist people living in Humboldt County with their defined healthcare and medical needs. The funds are usually granted once per every person per 365-day period. Items of a recurring nature are not usually funded. And, items with other available sources of funding such as insurance, government organizations, or other charitable organizations will not be funded. The Fund serves to meet the needs of both children and adults.

Angel Fund only accepts electronic applications through their online system.

Application Guideline

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You can still use the paper form. This form should only be used if you have been approved. Click here to download.

Application Information

All applications must be submitted through a qualified sponsor, such as a school counselor, recognized social service agency, or medical provider. The sponsor will assist in administering the granted funds. With the exception of medical travel grants, funds are not given directly to applicants. Checks cannot also be made payable to the ‘Angel’ or his/her organization/business.

Grant Request Details

Funding criteria and availability of funds are key factors in determining whether grant requests will be approved. Sometimes, the committee may request additional information before making a final decision. Before submitting a request, please review the guidelines and ensure that all questions have been answered.

Most grants are between $25 and $250, and grants exceeding $500 are rarely approved. It may be more suitable to apply for a Community Health Grant or a grant through Humboldt Area Foundation depending on the nature of your request.

Please provide the medical diagnosis of the person in need, and indicate if they can pay a portion of the costs of the requested service or item(s). Also, please include a detailed list/quote from the business, which includes costs, and confirm if a price comparison has been performed.

Furthermore, identify whether additional sources were sought. If the person in need is a survivor of cancer, please state if they have been in touch with the American Cancer Society. Also, indicate if ACS is giving financial assistance. For children with medical needs, please state if California Children’s Services has been contacted.

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Application Review Information

This is a weekly grant process. However, it usually takes two weeks for applications to be reviewed and processed. For travel requests, please submit the applications at least two weeks in advance of the appointment. Unfortunately, it is not possible to consider reimbursement requests.

The Angel Fund Committee reviews applications every Tuesday, except on holidays. All applications must be submitted by Friday at 12:00 p.m. in order to be considered the following week.

Last-minute requests should be avoided if possible in order to allow time for processing of the application. For questions regarding the application or the fund, please contact the Grants Assistant at [email protected]

Regularly Funded (Fund Budget and Urgency of Medical Needs Are Considered First)

  • Medically related examinations, procedures and equipment
  • Eyeglasses ($130 maximum, requires a copy of the prescription if exam has been completed)
  • Medically related travel ($200 maximum) (non-emergency requires a form completed by a physician)
  • Prescriptions (emergency, short-term, non-recurring)
  • Items to improve accessibility/independence for disabled or elderly individuals
  • Orthopedic needs ($180 maximum)
  • Compression stockings ($160 maximum)

Children’s Dental Angel Fund (DAF) is available for application for dental procedures for those under 19 years old.

DAF does NOT include cosmetic dental work or orthodontia.

Occasionally Funded Under Special Circumstances

  • Local Medical Travel, including bus/Dial-a-Ride tickets
    (for transportation to medical appointments)
  • Wheelchair accessibility items
  • Pool therapy
  • Therapy equipment
  • Minor home repairs
    (if related to a medical, safety, accessibility or independence need)
  • Camps for kids with special needs, when other sources of funding
    (i.e. scholarships) have been researched and are not available
  • Psychological counseling/evaluation, only on an emergency basis and with a long term management plan
  • Children’s bike helmets
    (distributed through the Eureka Police Department)

Items Historically Not Funded

  • Adult dental care
  • Dentures
  • Hearing aids
  • Lift chair
  • Acupuncture/massage
  • Care providers
  • Weight loss programs
  • CPAP machines
  • Counseling (long term)
  • Aerochamber
  • Burial/cremation/funeral expenses
  • Tattoo removal
  • iPad/iPod
  • Cell phone
  • Vision therapy
  • Rent/deposits/utility bills
  • Car payments/vehicle maintenance
  • Birth certificates
  • Green cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Driver’s Ed courses
  • House cleaning
  • Waste removal
  • Smoke alarms
  • Wood for stove
  • Baby items
  • Child care
  • Parenting classes
  • Wood stove barriers/fireplace gates
  • Summer camp
  • Dog training