Special Needs Grants

Special Needs Grant Resources
The following lists have been compiled by the Kaufman Children’s Center to assist parents in securing funding for therapy. The KCC has made every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but we cannot be held liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed. 

 Grant sources for special needs children

 Grant sources specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders

 Grant sources for wish fufilment organizations

 Grant sources for summer camps

 Grants to help with mobility issues, vehicle modification, and wheelchairs

 Grants to help with travel expenses

 Grant sources for iPads and apps

 Grant sources for service dogs

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Grants – General for Special Needs Children

 


THE KAUFMAN CHILDREN’S CENTER DOES NOT AWARD GRANTS. This is a list is only a resource to assist you in finding possible grants from charitable organizations. All questions regarding grants should be directed to the organization listed, via their website or phone number.The KCC has made every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but we cannot be held liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed.
 

The Kiddie Pool – the Kiddie Pool works as a fundraiser to help families raise money for special adaptive equipment.

www.akidagain.org enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families by providing year round, fun-filled group activities and destination events, fostering joy, laughter, normalcy and supportive networking opportunities in Ohio.

www.astrazeneca-us.com/help-affording-your-medicines – offering free medicines to people who earn $30,000 a year or less, or a family of four making up to $60,000 a year.

www.aubreyrose.org/grants will award financial help with a family’s medical bills for their child who has a life-threatening condition.

www.bb4k.org Building Blocks for Kids’ mission is to improve the quality of life for children with health-related needs that are not being met due to a lack of insurance, government funding, and/or family resources in the Cincinnati area.

www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.
www.brightstepsforward.org provides funding for intensive pediatric therapy to financially disadvantaged children with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, disabilities of prematurity and autism that uses the PediaSuit Protocol. A form fitting suit consisting of a cap, vest, shorts, kneepads, and specially adapted shoes, all connected to each other through a system of adjustable straps and elastic bandsHyperbaric oxygen therapy is a form of medical treatment that employs the use of 100% oxygen, generally inside a specialized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen allows nonfunctional brain cells to revive and ultimately to be used in restoring function to areas of the body used in speech, cognition, movement and coordination.

www.cdfund.org Chronic Disease Fund helps people get the medication they desperately need but can’t afford.

www.challengedamerica.com The My Gym Challenged America Foundation (MGCA) is committed to providing assistance and support to children with physical/cognitive challenges while promoting fitness and movement for children of all abilities and economic circumstances with an emphasis on positive reinforcement and fun. Currently grants are limited to $500 each.

www.challengedathletes.org provides funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to physically challenged individuals. Access for Athletes Grant applications are accepted every year from September 1st until December 1st.

www.championsforchildrenga.org provides direct financial assistance and support services for Georgia’s medically fragile and special needs children and their families.

www.childrenscharityfund.org provides services and purchases medical equipment for handicapped and disabled children. Also provides educational grants to help children further their education.

www.coloradogrange.org Mandy Project provides financial grants to the family experiencing hardship due to a child’s hearing loss. Financial grants help cover the costs of hearing aids, speech therapy, surgery or other related expenses.

www.education.conovercompany.com/mobile/grants the Conover Mobile Technology Grant is to promote the use of mobile technology and their apps to improve an individual’s freedom and independence.

www.daniellesfoundation.org Funding For Children with Cerebral Palsy and brain injury.

www.dcrf.com/ordereze/default.aspx – Disabled Children’s Relief Fund provides assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Applications are available online between April and September.

www.differentneedzfoundation.org provide special needs individuals, families and organizations that support them with money to purchase medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and/or services. Includes recipients in Ohio, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, Indiana and California.

www.equippedkids.org provides adaptive equipment for short-term use to children with developmental disabilities or delays in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

http://energyunited.com/energyunited_foundation.asp assist with personal disasters, living expenses, and the purchase of health-related equipment.

www.faithshopefoundation.org – assist families who are facing homelessness and poverty due to the long-term illness or hospitalization of a loved one. Help to pay utility bills, rent or mortgage and car payments, purchase groceries, and help cover other necessary costs that, because of major medical bills, the families may not otherwise be able to afford.

www.fansacrossamerica.org/assist_a_family/ features families and their specific life needs (i.e. gas, groceries, utilities) and encourages the Fans Across America community as well as the family and friends of the designated family to make tax-deductible contributions to help fulfill their specific needs. Focusing in Arizona.

www.ffcohio.org Foundation for the Challenged’s Community Living Fund Grant will fund basic living necessities that improve the everyday life of people with developmental disabilities in Ohio.

https://applications.cerner.com/firsthand/ First Hand Foundation assists children with clinically relevant, health-related needs and no financial resources to cover these expenses. Provides funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child’s care.

www.cityofsylvania.com/?nspace=CityOfSylvania.Home.ForResidents.ClubsAndorganizations# Service Fort Meigs Sertoma (Service To Mankind ) is an international organization that deals mainly with speech and hearing disabilities. For more information please contact Richard Kranz at (419)473-2416 or by mail at PO Box 401 Sylvania, OH 43560.

www.fragilekids.org provides wheelchair lifts for home and vans, ramping,specialty seating, bathing equipment, toileting equipment, therapy bikes, strollers, and much more to the medically fragile children of Georgia.

www.friendsofman.org grants for therapy, equipment, and other needs. Must have a sponsor such as an agency or social worker apply.

www.funditfwd.org helps families fundraise to obtain medical or adaptive equipment.

www.giafoundation.com Gia Nicole Angel Foundation enhances the daily functioning of a child with special needs.

www.giveachildafightingchance.com dedicated to helping children with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus gain their independence and live a better life.

www.gracieshope.org provides funding for therapies such as, but not limited to, PT, OT, Speech, Chelation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Also help provide needed equipment and assist families in finding respite care, and other needed services.

www.grahamsfoundation.org provide care packages that offer both practical and emotional support for the parents of micro-preemies during their journey in the NICU.

www.handstoangels.org grants to support the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic disorders, and to provide financial assistance to families coping with the many complications of these disorders.

www.hannahandfriends.org Hannah’s Helping Hands (HHH), which funds quality of life grants for families that care for children and adults with special needs in: Indiana, the Michiana area, New York, Rhode Island, Florida, Kansas and the Kansas City area.

www.healthwellfoundation.org provides financial assistance to adults and children to cover the cost of prescription drug coinsurance, co-payments, deductibles, health insurance premiums and other selected out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

www.hearproject.org provides financial assistance to Colorado children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and do not qualify for public funding. We provide funding for amplification, rehabilitation and associated services.

www.hfgrotto.org  The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs when needed, for children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy (and related neuromuscular disorders), Organ Transplant recipients or those with Mental Retardation.

www.thehikefund.org Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund provides hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially.

www.jennyswish.org offers financial assistance through scholarships for academic and athletic programs to students with learning disabilities. They donate up to 50% of the cost of a qualifying program in exchange for volunteer hours.

www.joniandfriends.org/resources.php Christian Fund for the Disabled provides one-time grants to qualifying individuals in cooperation with (i.e., endorsement by) churches or Christian organizations. Requests must reflect a disability-related need.

http://kiddosclubhousefoundation.org  Georgia residents can receive up to $2,500 for payment of therapeutic services or equipment.

www.kyaskrusade.org at Kya’s Krusade children under the age of 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of a life-long physical disability affecting the child’s motor skills, for which physical/occupational therapy is part of the treatment regimen, receive financial assistance.

www.lindsayfoundation.org assists families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.

www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=85959&orgId=lpa Little People of America offers many types of grants and scholarships.

www.maggiewelby.org grants to children and families in need of help with bills, athletic opportunities, medical needs, or an opportunity that a child would not otherwise have. They also offer scholarships for Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

www.marksmoney.org provides financial assistance to persons with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life by meeting their daily living, employment, medical, residential, or social needs.

www.mccdcares.com/contact.html Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities provides families of disabled children the means to pursue medical treatment and therapies not covered by health insurance. Funds for areas of Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

www.miracle-ear.com/childrenrequest.aspx The Miracle-Ear® Children’s Foundation’s purpose is to provide no-cost hearing aids and hearing support services to children whose families have incomes that are significantly limited and who are unable to afford the high costs of quality hearing instruments.

www.mollybear.org provides supplemental financial assistance to families raising children with Trisomy 18. Covers such things as medical expenses above and beyond what insurance covers, in home care, formula and supplemental oxygen.

www.msfocus.org The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social impact on people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their families. They have several different grants available.

www.modestneeds.org a fundraising source.

www.themorganproject.org provides resources, gently used disability equipment and small grants.

http://nc.agbell.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=486 The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

www.needymeds.org maintains a website of free information on programs that help patients who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs.

www.neweyesfortheneedy.org New Eyes for the Needy accepts agency applications for eyeglass vouchers.

www.nwoapraxiasupport.org provides grants to fund supplemental therapies, treatments, activities, or equipment that will enhance the lives of individual children with (Childhood Apraxia of Speech) CAS and other invisible disabilities.

www.ourmilitarykids.org Our Military Kids provides grants to children of ALL Wounded Warriors (Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty) for sports, fine arts, camps, and academic tutoring programs.

www.paigesprincessrun.com provides small grants to pediatric patients with lifelong disabilities in the Cincinnati , Ohio area.

www.parkerspurpose.net/ monetary assistance up to $1,000 paid directly to the family.

www.pparx.org Partnership for Prescription Assistance help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines.

www.prayerchild.org The Foundation seeks to provide assistance to living children that are eighteen years old and younger with physical and emotional challenges.

www.ride-for-life.org  Care for Life provides grants of up to $2,000 to help ALS patients to pay for in-home respite care.

www.rtmaf.org   The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation is dedicated to funding in-hospital life saving medical treatment and surgeries for those who do not have medical insurance, and for which no other financial resources are available.

www.seedlings.org blind children in the US can receive two free Braille books per year.

www.seriousfunnetwork.org in 1988 Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses in Ashford, CT. SeriousFun Children’s Network now has camps all over the world, free for children living with serious illnesses.

www.smallstepsinspeech.org helps children with speech and/or language disorders take the steps needed to be better communicators.

www.snap4kids.org  – Special Needs Assistance Program provides modest grants for medical and therapeutic equipment, as well as assistive technology, not covered by insurance.

www.specialkidstherapy.org Ohio residents can apply for scholarships for therapies and equipment not covered by insurance.

www.specialspaces.org  is nonprofit 501 C (3) organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life challenging illnesses.

www.s4af.org Sports 4 All Foundation has an Equipment Endowment Program that provides sporting equipment , gear and clothing to individuals with disabilities.

www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org Hear Now is committed to assisting U.S. residents with hearing loss, who have no resources to acquire hearing aids.

www.thinkalive.org Achievement Grants are caped at $500 per award and are used for lessons, equipment, and travel expenses assocaited with the child’s personal passion. Athletic, artisitic, musical/theater, or almost any other unique arena.

http://tpahq.org/scholarshiptrust.html The Travelers Protective Association of America’s Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired.

www.travisroyfoundation.org helps spinal cord injury survivors and funds research for a cure.

www.turningviews.org Gift a Voice Project helps those in need of a modern and compact Speech Generated Device (SGD) to allow them to satisfy the basic human need of communication.

www.ucp.org/resources/one-stop-resource-guide/ The UCP Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. Individuals are recommended by UCP affiliates. UCP affiliates submit an application on behalf of an individual to the UCP national office.

www.ucpmidtn.org All Together Kids promotes the inclusion of children in Tennessee with disabilities in community based summer recreational, arts, and extra curricular programs alongside their typically developing peers.

www.uhccf.org – United Healthcare Children’s Foundation; 800-328-5979, ext. 24459 – Medical assistance grants up to $5,000 with a lifetime maximum of $10,000. Must have commercial healthcare denial to apply, 16 yrs old or younger and live in United States.

www.umbrellaclub.org physical/mental/emotional concerns that are not being met by other organizations or agencies.

http://usvariety.org/programs.html – Variety-Kids on the Go! helps kids gain mobility, confidence, and freedom to join in the life of their community.

www.varietychildrenscharity.org There are many Variety programs to assist individuals with special healthcare needs. Variety Freedom, Variety Future Kids, and Variety Caring.

www.wheeltowalk.com helps children who experience difficulty obtaining funding from their insurance companies to obtain essential equipment or services that they needed to make their day to day lives just a little easier.

www.witheddieshelp.org/aboutus/index.htm works closely with ALS patients and equipment manufacturers providing the financial support which enables ALS patients to acquire this basic life sustaining equipment either by becoming their medical insurance co-payee or in some cases, providing full monetary support.

Grant Sources for Special Needs Kids
The KCC has made every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but we cannot be held
liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed.
Administration for Children and Families Grants – http://www.federalgrants.com/Agency/Administration-forChildren-and-Families.html
AMRIT Foundation – Help for those who would otherwise be unable to access non-traditional medical
interventions and therapies due to financial hardship. www.AMRITFoundation.org
Astra Zeneca – Offers free medication to people who earn $30,000 a year or less, or a family of four making
up to $60,000 a year. www.astrazeneca-us.com/help-affording-your-medicines
Believe in Tomorrow – Pediatric hospital housing and respite housing.
www.believeintomorrow.org/families.html
Blind Citizens – Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive
devices or software. www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm
Bright Steps Forward – Grants for state-of-the-art therapy techniques, along with more traditional physical
therapy methods to achieve rapid strides in physical strength and coordination. www.brightstepsforward.org
Children’s Charity Fund – Provides services and purchases medical equipement for handicapped and
disabled children, provides educational grants to help children further their education.
http://childrenscharityfund.org/
Different Iz Good – Gift a Voice Project gives those in need an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with an AAC app
installed. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/
Different Needz Foundation – Offers special needs families a one-stop shop to buy and sell their gently used
medical and special needs equipment and adaptive toys. They also have a grant available to purchase such
items as well. www.differentneedzfoundation.org
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund – Provides assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers,
lifts, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.
www.dcrf.com/ordereze/default.aspx
Easter Seals – Provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as
support to their families. http://www.easterseals.com
Faith’s Hope Foundation – Help with financial crisis while child is hospitalized. www.faithshopefoundation.orgFaith and Family Foundation – Offers scholarships for children with disabilities to participate in therapeutic
riding, adaptive swimming and a variety of programs. www.faithandfamilyfoundation.org
Fans Across America – Community of sports and entertainment fans committed to providing much needed
financial assistance to families with seriously ill and special needs children.
http://www.fansacrossamerica.org/about/
Federal Grant Wire – 60 children’s federal grants, government grants and loans.
www.federalgrantswire.com/children-federal-grants.html
First Hand Foundation – Assists children with clinically relevant, health-related needs and no financial
resources to cover these expenses. https://applications.cerner.com/firsthand/ (816) 201-1569
Friends Like Us – Helps children with cancer and their families with emotional, educational and resource
support through various outlets. www.friendslikeus.org
Friends of Man – Grants for therapy, equipment and other needs. Must have a sponsor such as an agency or
social worker to apply. http://www.friendsofman.org/
Gia Nicole Angel Foundation – Enhances the daily functioning of a child with special needs and his or her
family by awarding assistance through the purchase of a specific item or items. www.giafoundation.com
Gracie’s Hope – Funding for therapies such as, but not limited to, PT, OT, Speech, Chelation, and Hyperbaric
Oxygen Therapy. Provides needed equipment and assist families in finding respite care, and other needed
services. www.gracieshope.org
Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation – Helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including
hospital and anesthesia costs when needed, for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy (and related
neuromuscular disorders), organ transplant recipients or those with mental retardation. http://www.hfgrotto.org/
Hands To Angels Foundation – Grants to support the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic
disorders, and to provide financial assistance to families coping with the many complications of these
disorders. www.handstoangels.org/contact.html
iTaalk – List of funding sources for communication devices. http://itaalk.org/fundingsources.html
Jack’s Place (Michigan) – Helps families with children affected by autism afford the support they need for a
variety of programs. www.jacksplaceforautism.com/scholarships.asp
Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation – Provides financial assistance to children with disabilities who are unable to
afford equipment and/or services that they need. www.kmbfoundation.org
Kiddie Pool – Works as a fundraiser to help families raise money for special adaptive equipment.
www.adaptivemall.com/kiddiepool1.html
Kya’s Krusade – Provides financial assistance for adaptive equipment and physical therapy, occupational
therapy and hippotherapy sessions. http://www.kyaskrusade.org/info/programs-and-services/financialassistance-program/
Lindsay Foundation – Assists families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and
rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.
http://www.lindsayfoundation.org/
Loud Mommy – Provides iPads for autistic, apraxic and/or nonverbal children. http://loudmommy.com/Morgan Project – Provides resources, gently used disability equipment and small grants.
www.themorganproject.org
Parker’s Purpose – Monetary assistance up to $1,000. http://parkerspurpose.net/
Partnership for Prescription Assistance – Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get
the medication they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medication for free or
nearly free. www.pparx.org
Prayer Child Foundation – Provides assistance to children 18 years and younger. http://prayerchild.org/
Quota Club – Assists children with speech and hearing disabilities and underpriviledged women and children.
Local chapters across the country. http://www.quota.org/
Sertoma (Service to Mankind) – International organization that deals mainly with speech and hearing
disabilities. http://www.sertoma.org/
Small Steps in Speech – Assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental
therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with
communicative disorders. http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org
Special Kids Therapy – Scholarship to be used for those therapies or activities that are not funded by public
or private insurance, other charities or government agencies. www.specialkidstherapy.org
Special Needs Assistance Program – Modest grants for medical and therapeutic equipment, not covered by
health insurance or in the case of no health insurance, throughout the United States, from birth to age 22.
www.snap4kids.org
Sunshine Foundation – Answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused
children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that
child’s illness may cause. www.sunshinefoundation.org
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation – Grants for 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. http://uhccf.org/
Variety Children’s Charity – Helps kids gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to
join in the life of their community by providing funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive
bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families with the most need.
http://usvariety.org/programs.html
Zane’s Foundation – Provides financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated
for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment. www.zanesfoundation.org