Grant Sources for Families

Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments. Our goal is to give children the chance to better express themselves in the world in which we live. Contact: 888-577-3256. Applications accepted year-round. www.smallstepsinspeech.org


National Autism Association wants to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We encourage families to help their loved ones reach their full potential, by funding efforts with the Helping Hand Program. The national organization accepts applications in June-July and the local group accepts applications in May, annually.  The local group, NAA-NEO, has separate funding. Contact: Andrea Patterson, 216-544-1231. www.autismsafety.org/


Autism Cares: Financial Support Award is through Autism Speaks, and will provide financial relief up to $1,000 for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis. Applications accepted year-round. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.]

Technology Grant Program via Autism Speaks has a generous donation from CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services, will select 15 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to receive an Apple iPad. Application due in March.  Contact: 888-288-4762.  www.autismcares.org


UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child. This “support” is in the form of a grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Applications accepted year-round. www.uhccf.org/apply/


Talk About Curing Autism provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.]

Applications for the Family Scholarship Program are accepted year-round. Contact: Moira Giammatteo, 949-640-4401 ext. 107.   www.tacanow.org/about-taca/family-scholarship-program 


Zane’s Foundation aims to provide financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment. Applications accepted quarterly.

Contact: 330-922-5855.  www.zanesfoundation.org/?action=who-can-benefit


Different Needz Foundation: Its primary mission, inspired by personal experience is to provide special needs individuals, families and organization that support them with money to purchase medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and/or services.  Applications due in March! Contact: 216-904-5151.  www.differentneedzfoundation.org/grants


Peak Potential Therapy also utilizes other funding sources:

  • Family Support Service Funds through county boards of developmental disabilities
  • Family and Children’s First Council Funds through county boards of developmental disabilities and Jobs &Family Services
  • PASSS for children who are adopted with special needs
  • Pay-It-Forward program provides internal camp scholarships
  • Care Credit financing plan
  • Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs approved provider
  • Help Me Grow/EISOP approved provider, only for kids under 3 years of age
  • Insurance companies such as Summa Care, Aetna/RPN, Anthem/BCBS, and others
  • Online schools such as ECOT, BOSS, and others

For more grants visit: http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/autism-grants-spreadsheet

Conover Mobile Technology Grant Seeks to promote the use of mobile technology and our apps to improve an individual’s freedom and independence.  The grants are currently targeted to the use of iPod and iPad devices. http://www.conovercompany.com/education/mobile/grants


Andrew’s Gift: Mission is to empower individuals and families by providing awareness, assistance, and financial support to optimize the potential of all individuals with autism within their home, educational programs, and community settings. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.] http://www.andrewsgift26.com


ACT Today!’s mission is to increase access to effective autism treatments. Our goal is to help facilitate treatment by providing necessary resources including funding, information & referrals to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders & their families. Applications are accepted quarterly. Contact: 818-705-1625.

www.act-today.org/act-today-grant-program.php


Generation Rescue: Rescue Family Grants provide autism treatment support for first time use of biomedical approaches with a DAN doctor for individuals affected by autism. Applications accepted year-round. Contact: 877-98AUTISM / 877-982-8847

http://www.generationrescue.org/newly-diagnosed/rescue-family-grant-2


Mitchell A. Callahan Autism Foundation: Funds for families located in Ohio with for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Applications accepted year-round.

Contact: lilmac@lilmackids.org http://www.lilmackids.org/grant-application.html


Fund it Forward: Mission is to ease the burdens of families with special needs children by raising money for adaptive equipment. Types of equipment included augmented communication devices, bath and feeding chairs, wheelchairs, sensory equipment, etc. Contact: (330) 388-3829 or Email: info@funditfwd.org http://www.funditfwd.org


Aid for Autistic Children Foundation, Inc: Mission is to reduce the financial burden on poverty stricken and disenfranchised families and caretakers coping with autism, through debt forgiveness. http://www.aacfinc.org


iTaalk Autism Foundation: Provides interactive technology to children (0-22) with an ASD, and educational training on interactive technology to families, educators, and service providers of children with special needs. http://www.itaalk.org


Beyond Words Foundation: Funding for kids (0-22 years old) with Autism for research-based therapy and recreational services. Awards scholarships 3 times through the year.  www.BeyondWordsFoundation.org


Orange Effect Foundation: Empowering individuals (0-20 years) with speech disorders to communicate through therapy, education & technology resources. Accepts applications quarterly!!!  http://theorangeeffect.org/


Summer Programming Scholarships: The mission of Individuals Dedicated to Educational Advocacy (IDEA) is to support students with special education needs by providing scholarships for summer programming. Contact: (216) 371-9874


Jewish Education Center of Cleveland: Provides up to two years of grants for Jewish children with special needs. Contact: (216) 371-0446 http://www.jecc.org/


Rec2Connect Foundation: This organization provides scholarship opportunities for individuals with special needs to attend Recreation Therapy-based services. Contact: (330) 703-9001  http://www.rec2connectfoundation.org/


The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio: This organization provides financial assistance that directly improves the life of an individual with Down Syndrome, and can assist with non-medical or medical expenses.  http://www.theupsideofdowns.org/


Our Military Kids: Supports children, ages 5th through 12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities to help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
http://ourmilitarykids.org//