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Monday, December 30, 2013

MONEY! - Autism Funding for Therapy

Families struggle everyday with how they will pay for therapy, medical supplies, orthotics etc. It is not always easy to find a program that provides funding for these necessities. As a result, many children are not able to receive the adequate services they need to help them flourish. If there is a program, often times, the program is cancelled due to budget cuts.

To help my readers, I always search for ways to obtain finding funding. Below is a list of programs that you may find helpful.

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ACT Today! Grant
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential.

Grant Program
The ACT Today! board distributes grants quarterly each year. To apply for a grant, please use the following timeline:
Quarter -- Applications acceptance dates -- Notification date
1st quarter -- Jan. 1-30 -- March 15th
2nd quarter -- April 1-30 -- June 15th
3rd quarter -- July 1-31 -- September 30th
4th quarter -- October 1-31 -- December 15th

Each grant submission will be reviewed in 2 subsequent board reviews. Letters are sent via US Mail to all applicants by the date listed below notifying individuals of their grant status.

ACT Today! requires each grant recipient to complete a short questionnaire 3 months and 6 months after receiving their grant. This may be done via email or US Mail. The questionnaires are valuable tools for the organization’s internal goal and policy making.

Download the Grant Application
To download the ACT Today! Grant Application, please click here.

Please click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the grant application and process.

Autism Care and Treatment Today!
19019 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 200
Tarzana, CA 91356
1-877-9ACT-TODAY (1-877-922-8863)

Asperger Association of New England Family Grant Programs
Many children with Asperger’s Syndrome could benefit greatly from services and programs which can incur significant financial expense for the average family. AANE has the pleasure of providing easy access to financial assistance for families WHO LIVE IN NEW ENGLAND and need a little help paying for these services.

The Phillips Foundation:
+Families living in Plymouth County only

+Grants between $50 and $1000

+No income cut-offs, but intended for low to moderate income households

For more information or to obtain applications, visit or call 617-393-3824. 85 Main St., Suite 101, Watertown, MA 02472.

Angel Autism Network
Families living in Wisconsin may apply for up to $500 per year in support of medical treatments for their child with an autism spectrum disorder. Funds from the grant go directly to the medical provider (and not to the family).

Grants will be given on a quarterly basis and will be issued in the months of March, June, September and December; once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted regarding the grant status.

Grants will only be accepted:

Jan. 1st to Feb. 1st 1st quarter (Jan, Feb, March)
Apr. 1st to May 1st 2nd quarter (April, May, June)
July 1st to Aug. 1st 3rd quarter (July, Aug, Sept)
Oct. 1st to Nov. 1st 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec)

Autism Cares
Autism Cares helps families affected by autism to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as; housing, utilities, car repair, daycare, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis.

Families must complete an online application and identify vendor(s) to be covered by the award. Support awards cannot exceed a total of $1,500 per family.

Eligible families have a child (children) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an income of $65,000 or less, and experienced one or more qualifying events in the previous 90 days. Qualifying events are:

+Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
+Death or critical illness in the nuclear family
+Victim of a violent crime
+Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaster
+Termination of employment for the primary income-earner within previous 90 days.

Autism Family Resources Grant
One-time $500 grants are awarded to families in financial need; household income may not exceed annual income cannot exceed $50,000 per year. All funds awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for therapy equipment, safety equipment or services.

Email your request for an application along with your name, address, phone number and email address to us at .

We will email the application file back to you.

Family First – National Autism Association
The divorce rate within the autism community has been creeping up for quite some time. With the explosion in autism cases comes many more challenges with couples in our community. Family First was launched to provide couples within our community a way to access counseling.

The four goals of the Family First Program are to:

1. Provide couples with access to counseling
2. Provide couples with financial aid for counseling
3. Raise awareness about the divorce rates within our community and around the country
4. Provide a solid support system for all autism couples

By focusing on these four objectives, our primary goal is to keep autism families together, which will open the door to a slew of other benefits for families including two-person income potential, less stress on just one parent, more time dedicated to therapy and treatments for the child, and the list goes on.
Maximum amount we can award per couple is a one-time grant of $500.

The Autism Grant
The Autism Grant is a tuition scholarship for financially disadvantaged children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment, between the ages of 2 to 5, is crucial to making a long-term impact on a child’s ability to achieve his or her full potential.

The Autism Grant provides full or partial tuition scholarships to the Dominion School for Autism located in Richmond, Virginia. The Dominion School for Autism is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Autism Grant accepts all sizes of donations to help children in need.

Autism Help Network
The Autism Help Network offers grants and scholarships to families who are experiencing financial difficulty in obtaining schooling, therapy, medical and biomedical treatment. Our grants are funded by our sponsors and are offered on a quarterly basis.

Scholarships: The Autism Help Network Scholarship Program is for helping families obtain autism specific schooling, extended school year programs, or private schools developing autism programs; grants are up to $1,000 to provide therapy and non-experimental biomedical treatments to children who have autism.

These grants are given on a once a year basis. The deadline for applications is July 1st of each year in order to be granted in time for the upcoming school year in September. The typical turn around time from application to decision is 45 days.

Restrictions: The child must have a diagnosis of ASD and be of school age. Reason for seeking private schooling must be explained and income qualification is less than $45,000 per year for the entire household.

Financial Grants: The Autism Help Network works to provide families with grants for various purposes, such as Therapy costs, Medical treatments, and Bio-Medical treatments. These grants are provided by the fundraising efforts of AHN and a partial contribution from the advertising dollars from the Autism Globe magazine.

Grant applications are accepted year round with no deadline. You can download the application by clicking the link at the top of this page. Grants are funded quarterly throughout the year and are determined by the funding available.

Restrictions: Proof of ASD diagnosis from medical professional. Income level under $55,000 per year for entire household. Other restrictions may apply.

Autism Society of Connecticut
ASCONN provides a grant program for families and persons with autism spectrum disorders.

Grants will be accepted for up to $1,000 per grant for parents, family members, persons with autism or anyone working with persons on the autism spectrum.

Funds must be used to purchase items or services that directly relate to the safety and security of persons with autism or their families within Connecticut.
Download the grant application, or email us or call 888-453-4975 to be sent an application.

Autism Support Daily
This organization uses donor funds to provide financial assistance, support, guidance, recreational activities and educational training to families and friends of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder living in the state of Vermont.
Grants total no more than $400 per family.

The Bubel Aiken Foundation
Financial Assistance for Child Participation in Approved Inclusive Programs

Funding Limit: $1,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months

Financial assistance for a child to participate in approved inclusive programs. The program must be approved by The Bubel/Aiken Foundation. Any funding dispensed will be given through the approved program or organization. Families with a combined household income of less than $75,000 are eligible to apply. Upon submission, the Foundation will contact the desired program to determine if the program will successfully include the child in order to designate them as an approved program.

Grantees will be eligible for support for a maximum of two years. An application will be required each year.

Let’s ALL Play—Inclusion in Recreational Programs

Funding Limit: $20,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months

Let’s ALL Play is a program model for recreational programs that are currently serving children with special needs and wish to do it better or programs seeking to open doors currently shut to children with special needs in their community. The Foundation looks to partner with programs who are looking to do one or more of the following:

o Implement the Foundation’s Let’s ALL Play Program
o Partner with the Foundation in training staff in how to serve children with special needs successfully in an inclusive setting
o Provide scholarships for children with special needs who otherwise could not participate due to financial need

Grantees will be eligible for support for a maximum of three years. An application will be required each year. Read more about Let’s ALL Play by clicking here.

Inclusive Recreational and Learning Experiences promoting Awareness, Education, and Health

Funding Limit: $20,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months

Inclusive Recreational and Learning Experiences promoting Awareness, Education, and Health should be designed to deliver new or improved services to demonstrate successful and increased inclusion outcomes for children with special needs in the following areas:

o Development of inclusion/integration curricula, primarily K-12
o Service learning opportunities and program development, training, and implementation
o Development, training, and implementation for recreational programs
o Inclusion strategies for minority populations
o Promotion of health benefits for children with special needs in inclusive settings

Grantees will be eligible for support for a maximum of three years. An application will be required each year.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
The mission of DJF is to award grants to programs that benefit adolescents and adults with Autism. Each year, the DJF Board of Trustees receives proposals from organizations throughout the United States and abroad seeking grant support for programs benefiting adolescents and adults that may involve vocational, educational, residential, recreational or family related endeavors. In each calendar year, the DJF Board of Trustees will determine, at their sole discretion, the number, dollar amount and type (s) of grants to be awarded. Generally, these decisions are based on the quality of the proposals received and the feasibility of implementation by the prospective grantees.

Additional factors considered include the potential for program replication in other communities and the originality of the proposed program. Importantly, however, the determination is not limited to any of the factors stated above.

The Doug Flutie Foundation
The Doug Flutie Foundation makes grants to IRS approved 501 c (3) organizations and qualified schools and organizations that support families living with autism. The foundation gives only in New England, New York, New Jersey, parts of Canada and California.

The average grant size will be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Please do not request more than $20,000. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted, and grant recipients must re-apply each year.

866-3AUTISM or 508-270-1855, Framingham, MA.

Easter Seals
Easter Seals provides in home services and supports for adults who have severe physical or cognitive impairments. Adults with autism are eligible for services, including companionship/respite, homemaker/housekeeping, therapy, health services and personal care. In home care services that preserve dignity and self-esteem as well as promote increased independence are offered. Services provided include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, transportation and shopping. View the Easter Seals directory to locate a provider.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program provides eligible special education students with the opportunity to attend private schools or public schools other than the one they would normally be required to attend. To qualify, students’ parents must be current residents of Georgia who have resided in the state for at least one calendar year, and students must have an IEP and have attended a Georgia K-12 public school the prior school year. Students who have autism are eligible to participate in the scholarship program.

Helping Hand Program – National Autism Association
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child. Do not apply for this grant if you are seeking funds for respite care, fencing, trampolines, swingsets, trips to Disney World, etc. Your child must meet all three basic criteria to apply:

1. Birth to age 18
2. Reside in the United States of America.
3. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

All grants awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for tuition, supplements/medication, medical evaluation or testing, therapies, etc. The maximum amount we can award per child is a one-time grant of $1,500.

NeighborHeart Quality of Life Grants

Through our Quality of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.
In order for an application to be considered for a Quality of Life Grant, an applicant must:

+Have an individual with a diagnosed developmental disorder or disability living at home.
+Have a family income of less than $30,000 per year (see below).
+Live in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States (i.e., Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York only).

The $500 grants can be used for anything that improves the family’s quality of life, including therapy, medical treatment and travel, respite care, educational advocacy services, training fees and security improvements.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Medical grants are up to $5,000 and can vary in size.

Bridge the Gap, Inc.
Persons having or directly supporting a person with an ASD will be eligible for grant consideration. Shawano County residents will be given first considerations for available funds. Funding left over will be allotted to individuals residing in other counties in Wisconsin, must be a Wisconsin resident. Grants will be given out on a quarterly basis and will be issued in the months of March, June, September and December.


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