Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund’s mission is to be a recognized resource for providing educational, financial, emotional and recreational support to children and families in RI, CT and MA impacted by heart disease, congenital heart disease and severe feeding issues. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

The Fund has a budget of $10,000 per calendar year for the purpose of providing financial assistance to patients with congenital heart defects and severe feeding issues as a result of financial hardship due to an extended pediatric hospital stay directly related to a cardiac or feeding issue. The Fund provides financial assistance for:

  • Medicines not covered by insurance
  • Clinical trials or programs not covered by insurance
  • Utility payments
  • Lodging during a pediatric hospital stay if accommodations are unavailable at the hospital

In order for the applications to be considered, The Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund requires a letter from the pediatric cardiologist and hospital Social Worker confirming the hospital stay, and outlining demonstration of need. The Fund requires a copy of the utility statement, insurance statement or other bills which clearly demonstrates the balance owed. Documentation is also required for special medicines, programs, or trials which are not covered by insurance.  Grants can only be awarded to a family once per year and the maximum amount granted can not exceed $2500 per family.  Monetary amounts can only be paid directly to an organization/utility company and will not be sent to individuals.  One application per family per year will be considered.  No grant exceeding $2,500 will be awarded to a family.

If your request is approved, a member of our Financial Distribution Committee will contact you by telephone or email to let you know that you have been approved for assistance. A check will be sent directly to the utility, insurance company, etc. to cover the balance or part of the balance due.

The Financial Distribution Committee requires that applications be completed in its entirety and mailed to Ms. Lily D’Agnese, Chair of the Financial Distribution Committee of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund at:

Ms. Lily D’Agnese

c/o Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund

845 Oaklawn Avenue, Suite 203

Cranston, RI 02920

The Financial Distribution Committee will review all applications in a timely manner. If you have any questions prior to submitting your application, please email Lily D’Agnese at

The Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund reserves the right to accept and/or reject any application.

Tax returns may also be required during the reviewing process for proof of payments

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