Alternate Funding Resources

Foundations (Places to go for funds for Therapy, Camp or School)

 

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.  The ACT Today! Board distributes grants quarterly each year.  Typical grants range from $100 to $5000.  Household incomes below $100,000 are reviewed first as well as families with multiple children with ASD’s.  ACT Today! considers all types of treatments that help a family live with ASD.   www.act-today.org

Children’s Charity Fund, Inc. is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is help families that are financially strapped and have exhausted all other means in trying to help their child with special needs.  Children’s Charity Fund purchases medical equipment, can provide educational grants, acts as advocates, and provides referral services concerning the needs of handicapped and disabled children.  Grants can be given to children from birth to age 18.  Grants are accepted all year and must be notarized before sent in.   A hotline is available to parents.   1-800-643-5787   www.childrenscharityfund.org

iTaalk Autism Foundation is a very young foundation.   Since January 1, 2011 iTaak has educated over 500 families, service providers and caretakers on the beneficial uses of interactive technology.  Education will always be iTaalk’s most important venture.  In the past year they have given over 70 devices to children with ASD.    iTaalk has now reviewed their 501(c)3 nonprofit designation by the I.R.S.  From July of 2011 to the end of December, 2011 will be giving away I-Pads.  To find out about Grant Guidelines check out their website.  www.itaalk.org/home.html

Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities provides financial assistance to children challenged physically, developmentally or cognitively.  MCCD provides families of these children the means to pursue medical treatments and therapies that are not covered by health insurance.  100% of every dollar raised is used for the children.  They have no employees or overhead expenses.  No director receives financial compensation; nor does any director have any child in the program.   To contact them for grant assistance go to their website, www.mccdcares.com/al/index.  Go to ‘contact us.’  This is where the application is located.

National Autism Association has a mission to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.    They sponsor tools for safety tools (for children who wander) and recently gave away hundreds of ‘red boxes’ that contained shoe ID tags, door alarms with batteries, etc.   NAA also sponsors ‘Helping Hand’ grants for those in dire financial need.  Each year the grant is different; so it is good to register to get their newsletter so you won’t miss anything.  www.nationalautismassociation.org

The mission of Small Steps in Speech is to help children with speech and/or language disorders and to take the steps needed to be better communicators.  This is achieved through grants.  Grants are given out 4 times a year:  December 20th, March 20th, June 20th and September 20th.  Go directly onto the website to download an application. www.smallstepsinspeech.org/application

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3  charity funded by contributions from United Health Group and other organizations.  The mission is to provide children who have medical needs that are not accurately provided for by their insurance.  They will help families with their share of the cost of medical service that is not covered by their insurance.  To find out if your child qualifies for grant assistance their website is:  www.uhccf.org/apply_applicant.html

Special Kids Therapy is a non-profit charity that is dedicated to assisting special health care needs children and their families obtain alternative therapies or necessities that have the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life for the child.  This ‘support’ is in the form of a scholarship.  Their website is:  www.specialkidstherapy.org