Lighthouse of Hope Fund

People living with life-limiting illnesses often have special wishes. They wish to speak with long-lost family members, revisit a favorite place or experience a simple dream such as a dinner out with a spouse.  The Lighthouse of Hope Fund seeks to meet these end-of-life requests.Our Lighthouse of Hope Fund offer children and adults with a life-limiting illness, such as cancer, heart failure, liver disease, end-stage renal disease and ALS the chance to take a break by allowing them to have their wishes and dreams come true. Such dreams – big or small, can help people with life-limiting illness improve the quality of their lives in ways medicine alone cannot. Watch this short video now to see some of the experiences granted by the Lighthouse of Hope Fund.

Your generous donation to the Lighthouse of Hope Fund serves a unique and vital role, enhancing the quality of life of hospice patients and their families so that their remaining time together can be meaningful and memorable.

Learn more about the program

Lighthouse of Hope Fund Stories
Read the stories of hospice patients who made lasting memories with loved ones thanks to the support of the National Hospice Foundation

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Online request form

Eligibility & Selection Criteria


  • Individuals (adults and pediatrics) must be under the care of a National Hospice & Palliative Care provider member, have a life expectancy of one year or less and not have any other means to fund the specific request.
  • Requests must support "experiences for the living" (ex. flying people in to visit, special events like fishing trips or special dinners, opportunities to spend time with family and friends in a memorable way, etc.)
  • Each hospice location is limited to five (5) funded experiences per calendar year.

At this time, we are not able to accept applications from hospices that are not current members of NHPCO, or directly from hospice and palliative care clients or family members.

Selection Criteria

The hospice provider* must submit a completed Lighthouse of Hope Fund Application.

Funds may not be used for...

  • Bill payments, cash, or basic needs (for example, groceries, clothing, toiletries, grooming)
  • Alcohol, drugs, or gambling
  • Reimbursement for completed experiences
  • Legal assistance
  • Automobiles or automobile repairs
  • Property and home improvements
  • Travel outside the United States
  • Funeral arrangements
  • Requests that are political, legal, or dangerous
  • Medical treatment, medical equipment, or medical transportation (such as ambulance or wheelchair van services)

This list is not all-inclusive. NHF reserves the right to deny requests not on this list.

Grant Allocation

  • NHF staff reviews all grant applications. Hospice and palliative care providers are notified within 48 hours of receipt of application of approval or non-approval.
  • Funds are mailed to provider in the amount specified on the application.
  • If for any reason the experience is not able to be granted, the funds must be returned to the National Hospice Foundation.
  • Total grant allocation not to exceed $2,500.

Impact Report

Copies of all receipts and a one page after-action report of the activity or event is required. If possible, please include a photograph of the event or activity and include a family impact statement. If the report is not received from the provider in a timely manner (30-days following the "experience") future grant submissions will be returned without review.


*For the purposes of this application, hospice and palliative care providers are defined as any member of the hospice interdisciplinary team that routinely has contact with the client.