Travel Assistance Grants

About the TAG Program

In 2012, OMF created the Travel Assistance Grant (TAG) program to provide for one of the most requested types of related travel assistance - financial aid for treatment-related travel. The TAG is need-based and all circumstances will be considered. Applicants must live in the USA.  Typically the threshold to be considered for a travel grant is those who earn less than $125,000 annually.

ALL applications for assistance requests must be done via our on-line application process.  If you have previously utilized this program and are in need of additional assistance in 2023, please send us a note at  No new application is needed. 

The Awards

OMF has distributed over $300,000 in travel awards since beginning the program, impacting nearly 400 patients and caregivers.
TAG awards are typically distributed based on an event, such as a patient and their caregiver needing to visit MD Anderson in Houston or JUH in Philadelphia for treatment but having a difficult time paying for that trip.

The program can cover no more than $1,000 per patient and $1,000 per caregiver per trip (we've found that as a rule of thumb most covered trips are around $100-$2,000).

TAG awards cover travel – round-trip airfare or gas as well as hotel accommodations when needed. and confirmed by the medical provider. We utilize and other websites to accomplish the distribution of our grant awards.

There is a 5 award and $2,000 lifetime cap (whichever is reached first) on TAG awards for individual patients and, for patients traveling with a caregiver (often a spouse), the total TAG award amount is a maximum of $4,000.

In all cases, the final award package is developed by OMF’s Board and Director to best fit the particular needs of the applicant.  

Selection Criteria

Applications for TAG Awards will be evaluated solely on need.

Factors that will be weighed when evaluating each application include the unique financial situation of the applicant and their family, how long they have been battling OM and their total out-of-pocket expenses related to disease treatment.

As with most application processes, there are no hard and fast rules. However, the grants are need-based. Typically, individuals who earn less than $125,000 annually are considered for the program. But, we can say that if you have a need to see a specific expert for a specific treatment and you don't have the funds to cover your transportation/hotel to see that expert, we will do our best to accommodate you through this unique program.

Apply for a TAG Award

Requesting travel for yourself or for a family member is easy. Simply click here or on the blue box to the right to access the online TAG application.

Along with the confidential questionnaire, we'll need you to submit proof of your income/financial status, along with any supporting materials such as a Schedule C, if self employed.  An OMF representative will get back to you shortly (usually 1-2 business days) to take the next steps in assessing your need and then arranging for your travel.

If you have any questions about the program, drop us an email at:

Other Airfare Assistance Resources

Though some airlines offer compassionate airfare, similar to bereavement airfare, the following organizations help people in need seek free air transportation to specialized health care facilities.

Air Care Alliance
Corporate Angel Network Inc.
Mercy Medical Airlift
The National Patient Travel Center
ALL applications for assistance requests must be done on-line as we no longer accept handwritten applications.
If you have any questions, please email