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Alternative Therapy Funding for Families

As summer nears, families often want to take advantage of the extra time and get their children a little extra help. Once you finally narrow down all of the options available and find the perfect fit, the next question becomes- How will you pay?? While we are in network with many insurance companies such as Medical Mutual, CIGNA, AETNA, and Anthem BCBS, we also accept grants and other funding sources. In an effort to help you find, and fund, therapy for a child feel free to explore the resources below:


Hopefully these resources help you get started in your funding search. Please contact us with any questions!

General Therapy Costs:

ACT Today- 2021 grants are on HOLD

Act Today awards grants up to $5,000 with priority given to families with household income less than $100,000. Funding may be used for ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medication, and home safety devices. There are quarterly grant deadlines.

http://www.act-today.org/apply-for-grant/

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is an online resource to help individuals find federal benefits you may qualify for in the United States.

https://www.benefits.gov

Bridge to Healing

Bridge to Healing helps people receive the therapies they need to succeed

https://bridgetohealinginc.com/forms-2/

Bright Steps Forward

Bright Steps Forward provides funding for intensive pediatric therapy for children diagnosed with neurological disorders.

http://brightstepsforward.org/apply

Chive Charities

Chive Charities focuses on individuals with rare medical conditions, veterans and first responders with medically-related needs. They fund therapy as well as medical devices.

https://chivecharities.org/recipient

CMFM

Grants are available only for disability-related items or services. Accepted and reviewed quarterly.

https://cfmf.org/grants/

Easter Seals

Easter Seals provides services for children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs.

http://www.easterseals.com

www.noh.easterseals.com

Camp information in Ohio from Easter Seals

Connecting for kids

Great resource for camps & additional information on additional funding options

https://connectingforkids.org/

eSpecial Needs

eSpecial Needs lists many organizations that offer funding opportunities for individuals with special needs and those needing adaptive equipment.

https://www.especialneeds.com/funding

First Hand Foundation

First Hand Foundation provides funding for children with health-related needs to cover surgery, medication, therapies, medical equipment, and travel related to care.

https://www.firsthandfoundation.org/request-funding/

The Gracie Pridmore Foundation:

The Gracie Pridmore Foundation provides funding opportunities for PT, OT, Speech, Chelation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We also help provide needed equipment and assist families in finding respite care, and other needed services.

http://graciepridmorefoundation.org/application/

Joni And Friends/Christian Fund for the Disabled (CFD)

Joni and Friends offers a one-time grant to qualifying individuals in cooperation with (i.e., endorsed by) churches or Christian organizations.

https://www.joniandfriends.org/help-and-resources/organizations/christian-fund-disabled/

Learning Aid Ohio

Learning Aid Ohio offer supplemental learning services to students with IEPs during this unique school year. Their goal is to bridge the gap by creating opportunities for students to achieve their goals despite the challenges of remote learning. In partnership with the governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is funding up to $1,500 per family per quarter to help subsidize the cost of any chosen learning providers.

https://www.learningohio.com/faqs

Lindsey Foundation

Lindsey Foundation offers more information about debt relief grants, child disability grants, government grant programs, special needs children, and children disability equipment and treatments.

http://www.lindsayfoundation.org

MCCD - Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities

The Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities was founded in 1997 by a group of small business owners to provide 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.

http://www.mccdcares.com/

Maggie Welby Foundation

Maggie Welby Foundation offers grants for children and families in need of help with bills, athletic opportunities, medical needs, or other opportunities.

http://www.maggiewelby.org/Grants.html

Medicaid Waivers

Medicaid Waivers help provide services to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and Autism. Benefits vary by state.

http://medicaidwaiver.org

Modest Needs

Modest Needs provides short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis, such as homelessness, needing automobile repairs, unable to pay bills due to unemployment, etc.

https://www.modestneeds.org/for-applicants/index.asp

MyGOAL

MyGOAL Inc is a need-based grant for treatments, enrichment, and educational needs that may not otherwise be covered privately or by other third-party funding sources such as school districts, county programs, insurance, and/or other grant-making entities.

https://mygoalautism.org/mygoal-resources/

Prayer Child Foundation

Prayer Child Foundation provides financial support for children with physical and emotional challenges.

http://cpfamilynetwork.org/resources/prayer-child-foundation-provides-financial-support-services/

Small Steps in Speech

Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatment for individuals.

http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org

Special Kids Therapy

Special Kids Therapy provides support, financial assistance, and programs for children with special healthcare needs. Scholarships cover the costs of equipment, therapies, and activities.

http://specialkidstherapy.org/scholarshipsgrants/

Special Needs Assistance Programs for Kids (SNAP4kids)

SNAP4kids is a list of advocates and resources for children and families with special needs.

http://snap4kids.hypermart.net/organizations/ohio/

United Way

United Way helps solve problems with programs targeting education, income, and health. Grants available to cover costs for therapy.

https://unitedwaydallas.org

Variety International Children’s Fund

Variety International Children’s Fund provides funding for equipment, products, and services needed for children.

http://usvariety.org/grants/

Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships offers numerous scholarship opportunities for youth with special needs under the age of 15.

https://versustexas.com/community-involvement/

Autism:

ACT Today

Act Today awards grants up to $5,000 with priority given to families with household income less than $100,000. Funding may be used for ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medication, and home safety devices. There are quarterly grant deadlines.

http://www.act-today.org/apply-for-grant/

Aid for Autistic Children Foundation

The Aid for Autistic Children Foundation has financial assistance and charitable grants of up to $150,000 in total debt relief per household.

http://www.aacfinc.org/contact.html

Autism Cares Foundation

Autism Cares website offers a direct link to the registration process for a Financial Support Award. This collaborative agency offers funding to families across the United States who are living with Autism and also coping with a major crisis, such as flood or fire. Autism Cares assists families who meet the eligibility criteria to cover costs associated with housing, automobile repair, insurance premiums, medical care, prescriptions, daycare, funeral expenses, and other items on a case-by-case basis. Income cap of $40,000 per family.

https://autismcaresfoundation.org/scholarship-program/

Autism Now

Autism Now details information regarding State Assisted Programs for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Visit their site to find more details about what programs are offered for your state.

https://autismnow.org/funding-and-public-policy/state-assistance-programs-for-supplemental-security-income-ssi-recipients/

Autism Scholarship

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks offers a list of family grant opportunities available through various organizations. They also offer a technology grant program and will select 15 individuals with ASD to receive an Apple iPad. Applications for devices are due in March; however, other grant opportunities year round.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-grant-opportunities

Autism Support Network

Autism Support Network webpage is full of resources and information about financial benefits you may be able to apply.

http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/resources/category/grants

Blooming with Autism

Blooming with Autism provides iPads to individuals with Autism that cannot afford them, as well as coverage for therapies. $60,000 annual income cap and grants for $2,000 for therapy.

https://www.bloomingwithautism.org

CARE Autism Foundation

CARE Autism Foundation helps families with medication, Autism diagnosis/evaluation, therapy sessions, and Autism summer camps.

http://careautismfoundation.com/family-funds/

Ezra B. Smith Foundation for Autism Therapy and Education

Ezra B. Smith Foundation for Autism Therapy and Education provides financial assistance for ABA therapy and education for children with Autism.

http://www.ebsmithfoundation.orgItaalk -Interactive Technology Assisting Autistic Little Kids Foundation

Itaalk Austim Foundation webpage lists a database of resources for families of children with special needs. See their page for specific information about availability.

https://www.itaalk.org/grant-and-funding-source-list

Jon Peterson Scholarship

Milestones

Milestones provides support, evidence-based methods & coaching for families & professionals to help individuals with autism reach their unique potential

www.milestones.org

MyGOAL Autism

MyGOAL Autism offers grants to support families caring for individuals with Autism.

https://mygoalautism.org/mygoal-resources/#grants

Assistive Technology:

Apraxia Kids

To help fund tablets specifically for children with Apraxia of Speech

https://www.apraxia-kids.org/speech-tablets-for-apraxia/

Association of Blind Citizens

Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund that provides funds to cover 50% of retail price of adaptive technology devices or software for individuals that are visually impaired or blind.

https://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

Chari-T2000

Chari-T2000 provides assistance to families with children under the age of 21 years needing funding for transportation, communication devices, sensory support items, home modifications, durable medical equipment, and adaptive equipment or aids.

https://chari-t2000.org/about-us/

Danny's Wish

Danny's Wish provides free iPads to families of nonverbal children with Autism, providing the gift of speech and communication.

https://dannyswish.org/

Different Iz Good

Different Iz Good hosts the Give a Voice Project for those in need of an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) app installed.

http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/gift-a-voice-application/

Different Needz Foundation

Different Needz Foundation offers special needs families a place to buy and sell their gently used medical and special needs equipment and adaptive toys. Grants also available to purchase such items as well.

http://www.differentneedzfoundation.org

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund provides assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.

http://www.kidspeech.com/courses/special-needs-grants/

eSpecial Needs

eSpecial Needs lists many organizations that offer funding opportunities for individuals with special needs and those needing adaptive equipment.

https://www.especialneeds.com/funding

Fund it Forward

Fund it forward will accept applications from any person who has a diagnosed disability or medical condition and is in need of a medical device or equipment that can enhance the quality of his or her life.

https://www.funditfwd.org/assistance/index.html

First Hand Foundation

First Hand Foundation provides funding for children with health-related needs to cover surgery, medication, therapies, medical equipment, and travel related to care.

https://www.firsthandfoundation.org/request-funding/

Friends of Man

Friends of Man provides funding assistance for wheelchairs, prostheses, medical equipment, mobility equipment, and ramps. (More needs funded if living in Colorado.)

http://www.friendsofman.org/HowWeHelp.php

Lindsey Foundation

Lindsey Foundation offers more information about debt relief grants, child disability grants, government grant programs, special needs children, and children disability equipment and treatments.

http://www.lindsayfoundation.org

Morgan Project

Morgan Project provides resources, gently used disability equipment, and small grants.

http://themorganproject.org/available-equipment/

My Gym Challenged America Foundation

My Gym Challenged America Foundation (MGCA) provides support to children with physical and/or cognitive challenges. Wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids, specialized swing sets, adaptive chairs, therapeutic program software, and other equipment available.

https://www.challengedamerica.com

Orange Effect Foundation

Orange Effect Foundation empowers children and young adults with speech disorders to effectively communicate through technology and speech therapy.

http://theorangeeffect.org/grant-application/

Special Kids Therapy

Special Kids Therapy provides support, financial assistance, and programs for children with special healthcare needs. Scholarships cover the costs of equipment, therapies, and activities.

http://specialkidstherapy.org/scholarshipsgrants/

Variety International Children’s Fund

Variety International Children’s Fund provides funding for equipment, products, and services needed for children.

http://usvariety.org/grants/

Medical Costs:

Giving Angels Foundation

Giving Angels Foundation provides one-time maximum $500 grant per family with max $50,000 annual income to cover needs associated with physical disability and illness.

http://givingangelsfoundation.org/apply-for-help/

Humanitarian Foundation – Grottoes of North America

Humanitarian Foundation helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia when needed for children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy (and related neuromuscular disorders), organ transplant recipients, or those with intellectual disabilities.

http://www.hfgrotto.org

Maggie Welby Foundation

Maggie Welby Foundation offers grants for children and families in need of help with bills, athletic opportunities, medical needs, or other opportunities.

http://www.maggiewelby.org/Grants.html

Parker’s Purpose Foundation

Parker’s Purpose Foundation offers financial assistance for families with individuals under 18 years of age with a life altering illness or disability that is in an immediate financial crisis due to unforeseen medical expenses. Up to $1,000.

https://parkerspurpose.net

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or reduced costs.

https://www.pparx.org

Sunshine Foundation

Sunshine Foundation answers the dreams of children who are chronically or seriously ill or physically challenged-ages 3-18 years.

https://www.sunshinefoundation.org

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHC Fund)

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation facilitates access to medical-related services for individuals 16 years or younger with private insurance (not Medicaid, CHIP, or publicly state funded medical insurance) and a family income not exceeding the maximum eligible family income as documented on IRS Tax Form 1040.

https://www.uhccf.org/apply-for-a-grant/is-my-child-eligible/

Hearing Loss:

Miracle-Ear Foundation

Miracle-Ear Foundation serves people with hearing loss needing hearing aids.

https://www.miracle-ear.com/foundation-eligibility

Quota International

Quota International partners with organizations in communities that empower women, children, individuals with hearing loss or deafness, as well as those with speech difficulties.

https://www.quotainternational.org/Public/Our_Mission/Mission/Public/Mission.aspx?hkey=4fe6028f-22a6-41bc-877a-e35a9ae9b962

Sertoma

Sertoma offers scholarships for individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss or have communicative disorders and wish to pursue advanced degrees at the university level.

https://sertoma.org/what-we-do/scholarships/

Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation provides assistance to individuals with hearing loss and needing hearing aids.

https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/Hear-Now

Other:

Beyond Words

Beyond Words provides funding for kids (0-22 years old) with Autism for research-based therapy and recreational services

https://foundation.beyondwordscenter.org/scholarships

Danielle’s Foundation

Danielle’s Foundation offers help for families of children with Cerebral Palsy and brain injuries.

http://www.daniellesfoundation.org

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland:

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland provides up to two years of grants for Jewish children with special needs.

https://www.jecc.org/apps/pages/special-education

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA)

Learning Disabilities Association of America provides support and resources for parents, teachers, and caregivers of children with learning disabilities.

https://ldaamerica.org

Mark’s Money

Mark’s Money provides financial assistance to people with Down Syndrome to help meet their daily living, educational, employment, medical, residential, or social needs.

http://www.marksmoney.org

Pr%f Alliance (Proof Alliance)

Proof Alliance provides support and resources for preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and those impacted by FASD.

https://www.proofalliance.org

Rec2Connect Foundation

Rec2connect provides grants for recreation Therapy for people with special needs, families, and community

https://rec2connect.org/get-started

Summer Programming Scholarship

The mission of Individuals Dedicated to Educational Advocacy (IDEA) is to support students with special education needs by providing scholarships for summer programming.

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/discretionary-grants/

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.

https://www.theupsideofdowns.org/programs/

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*Approval or eligibility for the following grants and scholarships is in no way affiliated with Sprout Therapy, LLC. Please note that grant availability can change and is dependent on funding.



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