Brave of Heart Fund

For residents of:

South Florida and beyond

Provided by:

New York Life and Cigna

Ideal for:

Healthcare Workers

The Brave of Heart Fund is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lost their lives due to COVID-19.

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May 15, 2021


  • Cash assistance of $15,000 to alleviate the cost of immediate needs related to funeral costs, medical care, counseling, food, educational expenses of children, mortgage or rent payments, or other immediate living expenses
  • Cigna behavioral health advocates will provide emotional support services to the families who receive a grant to help them cope with feelings associated with grief, including anxiety, loneliness, and depression

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  • Open to spouses, domestic partners, dependent children or dependent parents of an eligible healthcare worker or healthcare volunteer who has lost their life from a cause related to COVID-19 in the U.S. at any time through May 15, 2021.  An “eligible healthcare worker” is a healthcare worker or healthcare volunteer who lived in the U.S. at the time of death and worked or volunteered for a licensed hospital, medical center, nursing home, medical transport vehicle, triage center, or other licensed medical facility.  Example positions include: doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies, cafeteria workers, custodians, emergency medical technicians, ambulance technicians and paramedics
  • The healthcare worker or volunteer must have had exposure to patients with COVID-19 while working or volunteering

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  • The Fund defines a COVID-19–related cause of death as a cause of death that is directly related to COVID-19 and its effects, such as a respiratory, autoimmune, or other disease or condition that would not typically have resulted in a fatality in the absence of COVID-19
  • You may still apply for a grant even if your deceased family member was not tested for COVID-19. In this case, the Fund may request other documentation of the cause of death indicating that it was related to COVID-19
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  • Eligible healthcare worker or healthcare  volunteer’s name, date of birth and death, address, employer/volunteer information (such as name of employer, contact phone number, job title, etc.)
  • Evidence of your relationship to the deceased
  • A death certificate or other proof of death