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The Fund

The pandemic has left none of us untouched. For our healthcare workers, it has taken a particularly tremendous toll — including the loss of life.

The Frontline Families Fund has closed fundraising and moved into the next phase of the fund — providing financial support and educational scholarships to the families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

With the generous outpouring of support from people all over the country, we raised nearly $2 million in one year. The Fund is now distributing grants and scholarships to the families of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19.

Why This Fund

There are few who understand the impact of COVID-19 better than world-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm. He envisioned this fund in early 2020, recognizing the grave risk that healthcare workers faced from this pandemic.

Who We’ve Lost

This pandemic has disproportionately impacted those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), causing higher mortality rates and illuminating how racial inequities have life-and-death consequences.





Health Care



Disproportionate impact on

communities of color

Their Stories
Do you know a family who has lost a healthcare worker to COVID-19?


In The News

CBS This Morning, Nov. 16, 2020

Watch the interview when Dr. Osterholm spoke with Anthony Mason about the launch of the Frontline Families Fund.

Forbes, Dec. 22, 2020

Forbes contributor Dr. Jessica Gold shares the stories of two families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 in “We Need to Talk about the COVID-19 Deaths of Healthcare Workers.”
Read the Forbes article.


For Grants

Brave of Heart Fund

The Brave of Heart Fund provides financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lost their lives to COVID-19. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2021.

Learn more and apply

For Scholarships

Scholarship America

Scholarship America will facilitate the delivery of scholarship funds to the families of frontline healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The first scholarships were granted for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Applications will re-open for each academic year.

Learn more and apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does COVID-19 disproportionately impact BIPOC communities?

The disparity is explained in depth in the report “THE COLOR OF CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 DEATHS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE U.S.” by American Public Media Research Lab.
Read the Color of Coronavirus report

How will the funds raised through this effort be used?

The dollars raised through the Frontline Families Fund will provide relief grants to families and scholarships to the children of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19. We do this through grantmaking organizations such as the Brave of Heart Fund and Scholarship America.

Who can apply for funds?

Any family in the United States who has lost a healthcare worker due to COVID-19 can apply. Each grantmaking organization will have its own specific eligibility requirements. Please review the specific organization website for those criteria.

How is Brave of Heart involved?

The Brave of Heart Fund was founded by the Foundations of New York Life and Cigna with charitable partner E4E Relief. The Brave of Heart team received donations from the Frontline Families Fund and distributed them through their existing grantmaking process.

How is Scholarship America involved?

Scholarship America is administering scholarships through the Frontline Families Scholarship Fund.

Are donations tax-deductible?

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The EIN Tax ID for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is 41-6031510.

Will support be provided to only those who identify as BIPOC?

It is essential to recognize the disproportionate impact this pandemic has had on healthcare workers who identify as BIPOC. Families who are not BIPOC and who have suffered a loss of a healthcare worker loved one to COVID-19 are also eligible to apply.

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