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Eligibility Guidelines

Boost funding, online giving and other resources are awarded to qualifying fundraising campaigns based on medical diagnosis, financial challenges and fundraising activities. Applications are reviewed weekly.  Funding is prioritized for individual/families burdened by substantial expenses due to a catastrophic medical condition.

Timelines & Award Criteria

Online Campaign: Applications for boost funding and other resources may be submitted at any time.

If approved, Boost Funding is awarded based on online gifts made through, effective upon approval date (90 day maximum campaign). Gifts raised through other sites or by cash/check are not eligible.

Benefit/Events: Applications for boost funding and other resources must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of a scheduled benefit/community event. (Event must be open to the public).

If approved, Boost Funding is awarded based on online gifts made through, as well as cash and check gifts deposited into an established benefit fund, effective upon the formal approval date. (90 day maximum campaign.)  Gifts raised on other online sites are not eligible for boost funding awards.

Note: A benefit/event may be added to an online campaign while in process without needing to submit a new application as long as event information is received and approved before the end of the 90 day campaign.

Eligibility Checklist

An online fundraising campaign and/or benefit is planned to help an individual residing in Cass County, ND or Clay County, MN who has substantial expenses due to a life-threatening or incapacitating health issue.

If hosting a community benefit or other event open to the public for the primary purpose of raising help for an individual/family in medical crisis, there is time to submit an application at least 30 days before the event.

A fundraising team of at least three people has been formed with a champion willing to; coordinate submission of an application to Lend A Hand UP, serve as a passionate leader and facilitate communication between recipient, volunteers and Lend A Hand UP staff. Champion should NOT live in the same household as recipient.

Two community members (a fundraising champion and one additional individual) are willing to endorse the fundraising effort with an email, note or letter verifying how and why they plan to promote and/or support the campaign. 

A benefit fund with a checking account is established at a bank/credit union located in Cass or Clay County, with at least two title signers (account managers); one being the recipient/family and one being the fundraising champion (or other person who doesn’t live with recipient.) All gifts collected through the fundraising effort must be directed to this benefit fund. Learn more about setting up a benefit fund in our “how to host” benefit toolkit or online toolkit

Start Here
Part One

Should be filled out and submitted by the lead volunteer (event organizer).

Part Two

Should be filled out and submitted by individual or family receiving proceeds.


We encourage online submission through our secure system.
If online submission is not possible, download the PDF by clicking the box below.


Application review process

Applications are reviewed weekly by a committee with expertise in medicine, insurance, finance, legal, social services and nonprofit management. Priority for support is given to efforts that help people with substantial out-of-pocket expenses due to a catastrophic medical condition.

If an application is approved:

Volunteers must be willing to include Lend A Hand Up logo(s), website address and boost grant amounts on flyers, posts and promo items to build awareness of fundraising activities. (Logos will be shared upon approval).

Recipient (or their parent/guardian) must confirm that they approve of fundraising activities and will privately share donation data as necessary to validate boost funding amounts.


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