Looking for help?  Here’s a list of Grants available to families with special needs.  Special thanks to the Kaufman Children’s Center and Itaalk.org for providing us with many of these resources. If you know of others, please send us an email at specialneeds@sandiegofamily.com


Access for Athletes: Challenged Athletes Foundation— providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to physically challenged individuals. http://www.challengedathletes.org/site/c.4nJHJQPqEiKUE/b.6449453/k.E830/Access_for_Athletes.htm

Administration for Children and Family Grants — http://www.federalgrants.com/Agency/Administration-for-Children-and-Families.html

Autism Cares— provide financial relief up to $1,000 for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses  http://www.autismcares.org/site/c.mqLOIYOBKlF/b.4745901/k.BD21/Home.htm

AMRIT Foundation— Help for those who would otherwise be unable to access non-traditional medical interventions and therapies due to financial hardship. www.AMRITFoundation.org

Astra Zeneca— Offers free medication to people who earn $30,000 a year or less, or a family of four making up to $60,000 a year. www.astrazeneca-us.com/help-affording-your-medicines

The Aubrey Rose Foundation— Helps families with children who are currently living with a life-threatening medical condition. Grants are awarded based on need. http://www.aubreyrose.org/grants

Believe in Tomorrow— Pediatric hospital housing and respite housing. www.believeintomorrow.org/families.html

Blind Citizens- Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) — provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

Bright Steps Forward— Grants for state-of-the-art therapy techniques, along with more traditional physical therapy methods to achieve rapid strides in physical strength and coordination. www.brightstepsforward.org

Children’s Charity Fund— Provides services and purchases medical equipement for handicapped and disabled children, provides educational grants to help children further their education. http://childrenscharityfund.org/

Different Iz Good— Gift a Voice Project gives those in need an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with an AAC app installed. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/

Different Needz Foundation— Offers special needs families a one-stop shop to buy and sell their gently used medical and special needs equipment and adaptive toys. They also have a grant available to purchase such items as well. www.differentneedzfoundation.org

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund— Provides assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.  www.dcrf.com/ordereze/default.aspx

Easter Seals— Provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. http://www.easterseals.com

Faith’s Hope Foundation— Help with financial crisis while child is hospitalized. www.faithshopefoundation.org

Fans Across America— Community of sports and entertainment fans committed to providing much needed financial assistance to families with seriously ill and special needs children.  http://www.fansacrossamerica.org/about/

Federal Grant Wire— 60 children’s federal grants, government grants and loans.  www.federalgrantswire.com/children-federal-grants.html

First Hand Foundation— Assists children with clinically relevant, health-related needs and no financial resources to cover these expenses. https://applications.cerner.com/firsthand/

Friends Like Us— Helps children with cancer and their families with emotional, educational and resource support through various outlets. www.friendslikeus.org

Friends of Man— Grants for therapy, equipment and other needs. Must have a sponsor such as an agency orsocial worker to apply. http://www.friendsofman.org/

Gia Nicole Angel Foundation— Enhances the daily functioning of a child with special needs and his or her family by awarding assistance through the purchase of a specific item or items. www.giafoundation.com

Gracie’s Hope— Funding for therapies such as, but not limited to, PT, OT, Speech, Chelation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Provides needed equipment and assist families in finding respite care, and other needed services. www.gracieshope.org

Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation— Helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs when needed, for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy (and related neuromuscular disorders), organ transplant recipients or those with mental retardation. http://www.hfgrotto.org/

Hands To Angels Foundation— Grants to support the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic disorders, and to provide financial assistance to families coping with the many complications of these disorders. www.handstoangels.org/contact.html

iTaalk— List of funding sources for communication devices.  http://itaalk.org/fundingsources.html

Kiddie Pool– Works as a fundraiser to help families raise money for special adaptive equipment. www.adaptivemall.com/kiddiepool1.html

Kya’s Krusade— Provides financial assistance for adaptive equipment and physical therapy, occupational therapy and hippo therapy sessions. http://www.kyaskrusade.org/info/programs-and-services/financial-assistance-program/

Lindsay Foundation— Assists families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.  http://www.lindsayfoundation.org/

Loud Mommy— Provides iPads for autistic, apraxic and/or nonverbal children.  http://loudmommy.com/

Morgan Project— Provides resources, gently used disability equipment and small grants. www.themorganproject.org

National Autism AssociationBig Red Safety Box created to help prevent wandering-related injuries and deaths in the autism community. Included in the Big Red Safety Box are items such as educational materials and tools, door/window alarms with batteries, a RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag, adhesive stop sign visual prompts for doors and windows, two safety alert window clings and a red safety alert wristband. http://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-box/

Parker’s Purpose— Monetary assistance up to $1,000. http://parkerspurpose.net/

Partnership for Prescription Assistance— Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medication they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medication for free or nearly free. www.pparx.org

Prayer Child Foundation– Provides assistance to children 18 years and younger. http://prayerchild.org/

Quota Club— Assists children with speech and hearing disabilities and underprivileged women and children. Local chapters across the country. http://www.quota.org/

Sertoma (Service to Mankind)– International organization that deals mainly with speech and hearing disabilities. http://www.sertoma.org/

Small Steps in Speech– Assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders. http://www.smallstepsinspeech.org

Special Kids Therapy– Scholarship to be used for those therapies or activities that are not funded by publicor private insurance, other charities or government agencies.  www.specialkidstherapy.org

Special Needs Assistance Program– Modest grants for medical and therapeutic equipment, not covered by health insurance or in the case of no health insurance, throughout the United States, from birth to age 22.  www.snap4kids.org

Sunshine Foundation— Answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriouslyill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child’s illness may cause. www.sunshinefoundation.org

The Make-A-Wish® Foundation—  Creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. www.wish.org

The Hike Fund— provides financial assistance for children with hearing loss to achieve improved communication skills. http://www.thehikefund.org/AboutHIKE/QuestionsAndAnswers.htm

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation— Grants for medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. http://uhccf.org/

Variety Children’s Charity— Helps kids gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to joint in the life of their community by providing undoing for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families wight he most need. http://usvariety.org/programs.html

Wheel to Walk Foundation— assistance obtaining funding for any medical equipment, braces, gait trainers, therapy tricycles, shower chairs, etc. http://www.wheeltowalk.com/index_application.htm

Zane’s Foundation— Provides financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies or other equipment.  www.zanesfoundation.org