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application for free assistance

  • The Golden Heart Fund (the “Organization”) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the laws of the State of California. The purpose of the Organization is to raise funds to provide relief to disadvantaged and distressed former San Francisco 49er football players and their families nationwide, including but not limited to the support and funding for mental and physical health, disaster recovery, or other personal financial hardship. The organization’s specific activities are described more specifically below.
  • Each Applicant for assistance will be required to describe the expenses for which the Applicant needs assistance, the circumstances necessitating the aid requested, and the other resources that are available to the Applicant. The Applicant will also need to certify that all of the information included in the grant application is accurate.
  • Additional Information

  • Individuals, or others on behalf of incapacitated or deceased individuals (the "Applicant") may apply for funding through a grant application. All grants shall be made on an objective and non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, gender, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. Unless there are extenuating circumstances whereupon the Applicant will be required to certify or provide proof of the use of funds, payments shall be made directly to third parties providing care to, rather than directly to, individual recipients.
  • ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS BY ADHERING WITH THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES:
    • Applicant must be a former San Francisco 49ers football player with at least one complete credited season of play; widows, children or other family members of incapacitated or deceased former San Francisco 49ers players who would otherwise be eligible for a grant, may also apply;
    • Applicant must meet certain financial qualifications;
    • Applicant who has received assistance in the past may reapply for assistance, but will not be given priority assistance over others who have not previously received a grant.
  • THE ORGANIZATION WILL OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO APPLICANTS SEEKING RELIEF IN SITUATIONS THAT MAY REQUIRE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
    • Basic living expenses, including transportation and utilities;
    • Shelter and housing, including rental and mortgage assistance, and assisted living facilities fees and expenses;
    • Mental health inpatient or outpatient treatment;
    • Ongoing quality of life expenses such as prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, nursing care, and medical treatment;
    • Medically-necessary surgeries and related post-operative rehabilitation, including incidental fees and expenses;
    • Funeral expenses.
  • The Organization will not support financial assistance for alimony, taxes, child support, tuition assistance, or luxury items. The number of grants will be determined based on the Organization's annual budget and the amount of the grants, as determined by the Board. Once an application has been received, it will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. The Applicant will be notified if further information is needed or whether the grant has been approved. Further, the Organization's Directors, Officers, employees, and their family members are not eligible to receive any grant awards from the Organization.