Raising Hope for Families with Lyme


Who is eligible?

  • Anyone diagnosed with Lyme disease through age 25 and can demonstrate a qualified financial need.
  • Applicant must be an active patient of a Lyme-literate MD, ND, DO, or NP (CNME accredited).
  • Must be a USA resident.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

August 7, 2015  5pm PST
Notification: October 5, 2015

December 11, 2015 5pm PST
Notification: February 15, 2016

All parts of the application and supporting letters must be received by this date in order to be considered. LymeLight Foundation distributes grants 3 times a year. Please check back for future deadlines.

Amount of Grant

Grants are awarded in incremental amounts. The lifetime maximum amount of a grant is $10,000 per individual.

Questions about grants can be emailed to grants@lymelightfoundation.org  Please see the below list of FAQs which may answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions


What expenses does a grant cover?

A grant covers expenses relating to the treatment of Lyme disease. This includes medication, supplements, doctor visits, lab testing, alternative practitioners such as Acupuncturists and Chiropractors, and transportation to and from the out of area doctor or lab. Grants may not be used for education expenses or Lyme treatment for anyone other than the grant recipient (i.e. parents or friends). Grants may not be used for past medical debt, food, rent or mortgage expenses.

What is the maximum grant? How does the incremental funding work?

The lifetime maximum grant is $10,000 per individual. LymeLight provides an initial, smaller grant in order to partner with the grant recipient. LymeLight must receive the appropriate feedback before additional funding is considered. To receive an additional incremental grant please follow the instructions found under Feedback and Additional Funding.

How can I maximize my chance of receiving a grant?

For an initial grant, thorough application details and letters of support help us to have a greater understanding of your need. For an incremental grant, thorough feedback with an update as to your health status and treatment plan helps us to keep us informed. We require receipts verifying use of funds and the completion of the an anonymous online survey before additional grant funding will be considered.

Application Questions

I have more than one child  struggling with Lyme, how do I apply?

Each child must have a separate application and doctor letter. Parents may complete the application for their children. If awarded a grant we require each child has their own pledge form, individual feedback, and survey.

What is required for the doctor letter demonstrating medical eligibility?

LymeLight Foundation will determine medical eligibility with the help of the applicant’s treating physician. The doctor’s letter must be on his/her letterhead and must verify the diagnosis of Lyme disease and include the applicant’s name, date of birth and a brief case history. A positive lab test does not replace the need for a doctor letter. A treating physician is defined as a Lyme-literate MD, ND, DO or NP (CNME accredited). The grant application is not complete and eligible for consideration by the Board of Directors until LymeLight receives the doctor letter.

Should I check in with LymeLight while my grant application is in process?

We will send you a letter of completion when we have received your application and doctor letter. However, it is good to follow up with us to make sure that we have received your doctor letter.  We have found that sometimes the doctor’s offices do not send these as quickly as grant applicants would like. It is important that you follow up with your doctor to make sure the letter has been sent.

How will I know if I will be awarded a grant?

LymeLight Foundation will email each applicant after the board meeting with a decision. You will be notified around 8 weeks after application deadlines so your patience is appreciated.

After Decision

I have been put on the waitlist, now what?

Please continue to send us updates. We encourage additional letters of support. Your application will stay active for one year. LymeLight will notify you when your application expires. At that point you can re-apply.

What happens when a grant is awarded?

If you are selected for a grant, it is mandatory that you sign an online pledge committing to provide feedback about your Lyme experience. We require receipts verifying use of funds for treatment and the completion of  an anonymous online survey. We also want to learn more about you and your Lyme journey. It may be used as a Story of Hope on our website. We will be interested to learn how your treatment grant affected your healing. We will contact you if we are ready to share it online to ensure this does not present a problem.  Please also send photos. We appreciate frequent communication.

Do I need to use all my funds before giving feedback and asking for an incremental grant?

You do not need to use all your funds before applying for an incremental grant.  We realize that grant recipients need financial visibility when making ongoing treatment choices and medical appointments. We also recognize that treatment disruptions are not beneficial.


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