the orion fund grants

Jared and Tamar, traumatic injuries, 2011

Each year The Orion Fund awards grants to California college students with serious illness or injury. If you are in college, under the age of 30, and have a serious medical condition affecting your ability to stay in school, then The Orion Fund can help. Grants generally range from $300 to $3000.

2020 grants applications - download now!!!

deadline: Thursday, February 20, 2020

If you have special circumstances, please contact us at and we'll see if we can help.

Grants are awarded to cover:
• Medical expenses
• Medical technology
• Educational costs
• Living expenses

Fayed, cancer, 2006


We have noticed that we follow the demographics of what happens to young adults… each year we usually fund students with traumatic injury, cancer, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis, and exacerbations of congenital heart disorders. We first fund students with acute circumstances – a significant medical event within the last year. We next support students with serious chronic conditions, until our grant pool for the year has been expended.

The following two graphs show the demographics of our students in terms of illness and injury and then the distribution of 2005.


student illness and injuries