Although early intervention is essential in treating autism spectrum disorder, many families are not able to get treatment for their children with autism due to financial constraints. Below, we provide a list of organizations that offer autism grants for families in need.
Autism Care Today (ACT) Grants
ACT is a national nonprofit organization that helps raise awareness and provides assistance to families of children with autism. ACT facilitates early and ongoing treatment by providing resources such as guidance, referrals, and funding. Grants are paid directly to pre-approved service providers.
ACT’s main areas of support include ABA therapy, speech and occupational therapy, bio-medical testing, supplements, assistive technologies, safety equipment, and summer camps. In 2010, the organization launched Autism Care Today for Military Families (ATMF), the first nationwide campaign dedicated to helping military children with autism.
CARE Autism Foundation Grant Program
CARE Family Grant Program provides funding for autism research and innovative projects. The program assists families of children with autism with everything from diagnosis, evaluation, and testing to therapy sessions (including speech, occupational, and ABA therapy) and medication. Families whose annual income level is below $75,000 are eligible to apply for this grant. Grants are paid directly to pre-approved service providers and vendors.
Chrysalis Fund is a national charitable organization that offers grants and stipends of $2,500-$10,000. The fund assists with the financing of limited, targeted educational investments for children on the autism spectrum. Proposals made by special needs teachers from public school systems are prioritized.
Danny’s Wish iPads for Autism Campaign
The mission of Danny’s Wish is to provide resources to families of children with autism and autism-related disorders. Danny’s Wish iPads for Autism Campaign offers free iPads to families who have nonverbal children with autism.
The foundation raises money primarily through the Hope Process fundraising, where customers donate to charities based on a percentage of their credit card processing fees that would otherwise be collected as profit.
First Hand Foundation Grants
First Hand Foundation provides eligible families with grants of up to $1,000 for treatments including ABA therapy, in addition to assistive technology equipment, transportation, as well as home and vehicle modifications. To qualify, the child must be 18 years or younger, under the care of a pediatrician, and have specific health care needs.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for mobility-impaired children with autism and other disabilities, including wheelchairs, home medical equipment, vehicle and home adaptations, and other items that may enhance the child’s quality of life. FODAC assistance is available in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as several out-of-state locations.
Friends of Man
Friends of Man is a non-profit organization that uses 100% of donations for charitable assistance and does not allocate any part of funds for administrative costs and expenses. The organization requires that referring professionals, such as case managers, healthcare workers, social workers, and teachers, apply on behalf of children with autism who need assistance.
Friends of Man provides help directly to families in the form of mobility or medical equipment, prescriptions, or clothing. Full assistance is offered in the state of Colorado, while families who reside in other states may be eligible for more limited aid.
Fund It Forward
Fund It Forward raises money for medical and adaptive equipment for children with special needs, including autism, when these expenses are not covered by health insurance. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who are in need of a medical device or equipment, for example, augmentative communication devices, bathing and feeding chairs, enclosed beds, or sensory equipment, can benefit from these funds.
Maggie Welby Foundation Scholarships
The Maggie Welby Foundation awards biannual scholarships for children with autism grades K-12. The scholarship may help cover bills, medical needs, as well as athletic and other activities. To qualify, families must demonstrate a financial need and are required to complete the Maggie Welby Foundation Scholarship Application.
Modest Needs Grants
Modest Needs is a non-profit organization that provides short-term financial assistance to families with children on the autism spectrum who live just above the poverty level and are ineligible for other types of social assistance. In addition, the Modest Needs Self-Sufficiency Grant helps households who can’t afford unexpected or emergency expenses or monthly bills due to extenuating circumstances that occurred within the past year.
Modest Needs issues payments directly to the service provider or vendor indicated in the applicant’s documentation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF) Programs
ASDF partners with autism organizations across the country to provide direct financial assistance to families with children with autism. It offers tools and educational materials to assist in the early detection of autism, as well as extensive information on available programs and treatments. In addition, the foundation works to educate the public about autism spectrum disorder.
ASDF programs include equine therapy, iPad program, swim program, and Holiday Gift Card Program, where families are offered a $250 gift card for the holidays.
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) Medical Grants
UHCCF provides medical grants to help children with autism and other disabilities gain access to health-related services that are not fully covered by their family’s health insurance plan. The foundation offers financial assistance toward the family’s share of the cost of medical services. Funding is provided through contributions from individual donors, corporations, and UnitedHealth Group employees.
Varghese Summersett PLLC Autism Scholarships
Varghese Summersett PLLC, a law firm that assists individuals charged with serious criminal offenses, gives back to the community by awarding annual scholarships to children with autism. To be eligible, applicants must be 15 years old or younger and diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The annual Autism Scholarship of $500 can be used to cover the cost of summer camps, tutoring, classes, tools, as well as secondary and post-secondary education.
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