Finding Funding for your child with special needs is not an easy task. We have put together a comprehensive list of government and non-profit financial assistance, grants, and scholarships to aid in the cost of your child’s needs. You will find cash assistance, nutrition assistance, technology & equipment assistance, and grants for bills and mortgages. This list is up to date as of November 9, 2017 – but links can and will change and some programs may discontinue. We cannot guarantee accuracy for all links provided after that date.
We are unaffiliated with all of these programs and are not held responsible for any grants, applications, or assistance programs being denied
Government Financial Assistance and Programs for Families with Children with Disabilities
“Medicaid Waivers help provide services to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home or hospital to receive long-term care in the community. Although there are waivers for many conditions, our focus is towards waivers for people who have intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and autism.”
“Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.”
“SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.”
“The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.”
“The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. We provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:
- Home energy bills
- Energy Crises
- Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs.”
Free Government program for free Cell Phones for income eligible families. One cell phone per household limit.
Non-Profit Grants and Scholarships for Families with Children with Special Needs
Grants for Military Families with children with special needs. Quarterly grants available
Recognizing the financial burden that families often encounter, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel For Care Program offers assistance to families who face the need to travel for childhood cancer treatment. Transportation and lodging accommodations are available to eligible families who meet our criteria. Applications must be received on behalf of a social worker or another medical representative.
A Kid Again is specifically designed to involve the entire family (not just the child who is ill) to improve the well being of everyone affected by the situation. This approach helps protect and strengthen the children’s primary support network and personal resolve during the most difficult period of their lives. For Ohio Residents Only
Provides grants and scholarships to children with Cerebral Palsy. Financial Assistance is to aid in payment of necessary therapies and equipment not covered by insurance.
Serves to provide financial assistance and medical equipment for families raising children with disabilities
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life
Will serve as an Angel Network for families of children with autism. Its primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children.
Provides financial assistance and grants to individuals living with paralysis.
Provides hope and financial assistance to families with children with brain cancer. Applications are completed online and help cover the medical expense of children going through treatment.
Offers co-pay assistance for medications and treatments for U.S. Residents with Cancer. There are limited Financial Assitance options for residents of Puerto Rico only.
Serves to provide families of children with epilepsy monitors and grants for seizure response dogs.
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer provides needy families, with children in the last stages of terminal cancer, assistance in creating everlasting memories by providing last wishes, gifts, special events, family travel and financial assistance with household expenses. Our assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child
The Chronic Disease Fund helps those with chronic disease, cancer, or other life-altering illnesses obtain the expensive prescription medications they need but cannot afford even with insurance.
Their mission is to provide grants to individuals with developmental disabilities to purchase medical equipment or services
Provides braces, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and rehabilitative services for children with disabilities.
Provides Dreams (Wishes) to children that are affected by chronic illness or disorders as well as children that have life-threatening diseases.
Provides services and support for adults and children with special needs as well as help to their families.
Grants and scholarships for families to give children with health-related needs when insurance or other means are exhausted
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SKY is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing FREE FLIGHTS for patients to medical facilities throughout the United States using mainly donated charter and corporate jets. Those who seek our help are typically in need of routine, critical or life-saving care and cannot use commercial airline service or other means of transportation because of financial constraints and medical issues.
Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, give help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn. It may be an elderly person on a fixed income, a working family whose child is struck by severe illness, an accident victim, a disabled person, or a schoolchild whose family can’t afford basic needs.
Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of children with special needs with a physical disability by providing grants for items or an item to assist the child. Up to $500 per year.
Medical care for children with cleft lips, palates, burns and other deformities regardless of their families ability to pay
Addresses the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their co-payments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments.
Provides hearing devices to children from birth to 20 whose parents are unable to financially afford them.
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
Dental care for Children with Special Needs – Helps to cover the costs of dental treatment including hospitalization and anesthesia
Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. is an organization, which was founded in memory of Jason Douglas Creager, who passed away on January 18, 1992 after losing his battle with cancer. Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. fulfills the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses through a variety of fundraising events as well as individual and corporate donations.
Assistance with medical equipment for Children with Special needs and mobility issues.
Scholarships for families of children with special needs to pay for critical therapies
Offers free respite care for Families in Oregon who apply via their website. There is a waitlist – but they serve many families. They also offer support for Early Intervention, Nursing services, and Family Support. Available in Orem, Salem, Lehi, and St. George Oregon.
Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
Provides funding for adaptive equipment or therapy not covered by insurance for families with children with special needs
Provides Grants and Scholarships to families and children to help with financial needs such as bills, athletic purposes, medical expenses, or other needs the child may have but cannot be afforded by the family
Wishes granted to children with life-threatening and life-limiting diseases.
Mark’s Money is a non-profit organization started by the Coonrod family in August 2006 to provide financial assistance to people with Down syndrome to help improve their quality of life.
An organization that grants wishes to children ages 3-17 with life-threatening or life-limiting diagnosis. They are unique in that they will grant 2nd Wishes to deserving Children
Provides adaptive bikes to families of children with special needs
Provides ground and air transportation for individuals that need care for their diseases outside of their local regions
Provides flights for children with severe illness get to specialized treatment centers out of state.
A foundation to help underserved children and adults who cannot obtain hearing aids through insurance, Medicaid, VA benefits, or other state and federal resources.
Grants and financial assistance for families managing health crisis
Their mission is to provide adaptive equipment and support services for families affected by Muscular Dystrophy
Equipment and resources for children with special needs
MyGOAL Inc. Enrichment Grant is a grant program that will enable families to take advantage of socialization and educational opportunities designed for individuals with special needs.
RareCare is offered to patients who need help obtaining life-sustaining or life-saving medications they could otherwise afford.
Dedicated to helping individuals with health care and medication costs
Medical Equipment and Supplies for families in need with medically complex children
Any family that has a child that is 18 or younger with a life-altering disability or disease that is in immediate need of assistance for a medical crisis. Priority is given to Ohio Residents firsts – other states are considered in a case-by-case scenario.
Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the meds they need through a program that is right for their situation.
Through their Angel Program children that are blind in the US and Canada are eligible to receive 3 free braille books per year.
International family of camps that provide camps and once in a lifetime experience for children with serious medical conditions. It is free for all children that qualify
Medical Care consisting of 22 hospitals for pediatrics. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care regardless of their ability to pay.
Offers grants for children in need of speech therapy
Mortgage assistance for families of critically ill children that are hospitalized for more than 2 weeks – available for families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, & Wisconsin
National Organization with over 34 chapters run by volunteers. Their mission is to provide a dream bedroom for a child with a life-challenging diagnosis. Applications are submitted via email request.
Grant wishes to children 21 years of age or younger that have life-threatening diseases.
Helping families that need hearing aids that have minimal financial resources
Special Kids Therapy is proud to offer scholarships to financially support children with special health needs and their families with the cost of non-traditional therapies or activities that are not covered by insurance. For Ohio Residents Only.
Provides Dreams (Wishes) to children that are severely affected by chronic illness, physical disability, and abuse.
At the Travis Roy Foundation, is focused on helping spinal cord injured survivors through adaptive equipment grants, which enable independence.
United Cerebral Palsy
Financial assistance for equipment and services not covered by insurance
Through their grants, they provide children with mobility disabilities services and equipment to enhance their lives
Aim to give any child, teen or adult with a wheelchair who have no financial means to afford one.
An organization for children ages 20 and younger that provides help to obtain medical equipment and services not covered by insurance.
Aims to give the children access to wheelchairs and equipment to improve mobility and enhance the quality of life.