Grants and Funding Sources

Act-Today for Autism
Awards grants up to $5,000 to families, with priority given to those with a household income under $100,000. Funding may be used for ABA, speech, OT, medications, & home safety devices.
21600 Oxnard Street, Suite 1800
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Phone: (818) 340-4010

Asperger Association of New England  

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
Philanthropic agencies may contact Associated Grantmakers to receive funding for their own charitable organizations.
133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 426-2606
There are a network of Resource Centers across Massachusetts that provide free access to grant information.

AutismCares / Crisis & Hardship
provides grants for individuals with autism spectrum disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships. Critical living expenses such as; housing, utilities, car repair, daycare, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis. pplications must be submitted online. Financial support awards are granted on a monthly basis. Applications must be submitted by the 22nd of each month to be considered for a grant in that month. Applications received after the 22nd will be reviewed the following month. Support awards cannot exceed a total of $1,000 per income eligible family.

Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp
Provides up to $5000 scholarships for financially disadvantaged campers with Autism Spectrum disorder to attend eligible camps. Individuals may not apply for the program. If you are an individual interested in obtaining a scholarship for your child, please encourage your local camp to apply for a scholarship fund when the application re-opens in 2016.

Autism Support Daily
Awards various grants throughout the year, open to all incomes.
P.O. Box 4556, Burlington, VT 05406
Phone: (802) 985-8773

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund
Provides financial assistance to families in Massachusetts for expenses incurred for the medical and related needs of children under age 22 who are not otherwise covered by insurance, federal or state health-care assistance.
Phone: (800) 882-1435 or (617) 624-6060.

Community Block Grants
Home modification grants may be available by contacting your local city government.

Consumer Empowerment Funds Program of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Provides funds for individuals who are legal MA residents with developmental disabilities and/or a family member or guardian to attend conferences, trainings, or other events in MA or another state. Applications must be approved before the event and be based upon set program guidelines.
­­­­­­100 Hancock Street
Second Floor, Suite 201
Quincy, MA 02171Phone: (617) 770-7676 x115

CSL Foundation
The CSL Foundation, Inc. reaches out to children and teenagers in Massachusetts challenged by health and life issues, including those who are:

  • Facing a medical crisis
  • Living with a disability
  • Coping with chronic illness or the need for long-term care
  • Terminally ill

The CSL Foundation supports individuals and families in need, as well as local organizations that share our goals.
Located at 30 North Ave Burlington, MA 01803
For more information contact: Tayla DiCicco at 1-781-222-5136
Email:  (Application Form)

Danielle's Foundation
Danielle’s Foundation offers funding for children with cerebral palsy and brain injury.Danielle’s Foundation realizes how difficult it is for parents of children with cerebral palsy and brain injury to get their children the therapies and medical equipment they desperately need. In an effort to provide financial assistance, each quarter one deserving family will be awarded a grant of $2,000 or more (depending on the funds available within the foundation) to help get this necessary care that insurance has denied.The grant will be given out four times a year. Your child must have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or brain injury, and you must be requesting the grant for assistance towards a specific therapy or medical equipment.
Call: 800-511-2283 and request a grant application.

The Danny Foundation
Funding ($100 to $500 per year) is available to individuals with autism and their families to help with costs for services and programs. Amounts are based upon financial need. The Danny Foundation is funded in part by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
119 Glendale Road, Sharon, MA 02067
Phone: (781) 784-7022

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Provides assistance, information and funding options for services and child care for children, birth to age 5, and their families. PO Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (617) 988-6600

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Provides grants to IRS approved 501 c (3) organizations and qualified schools that in turn provide services, family support grants and resources to families. Framingham, MA.
Phone: (508) 270-1855,

Edwin Phillips Foundation
Provides grants to children of Marshfield.   Must have evidence of financial and medical need.
P.O. Box 610075, Newton, MA 02461-0075

First Hand Foundation
Provides funds to families with limited incomes for Medical/psychiatric services, vehicle modification, transportation or items not covered by insurance.
2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64117
Phone: (816) 201-1569.

Helping Hand Program of the National Autism Association
Provides one-time grant awards per family based upon income, need and availability of funding.
The program helps qualified families pay for medical and therapy services used to treat adults and children diagnosed with autism. Grants awards are NOT given to families, but paid directly to vendor or service agency. Child must be ages birth to 18, reside in US, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary medical treatments/testing, supplements and behavioral therapy services for their child with autism. Do not apply for this grant if you are seeking funds for camp tuition, respite care, fencing, trampolines, swing sets, trips to Disney World, etc.
This program is intended ONLY for parents in DIRE financial need. Do not apply if your annual income exceeds $50,000. Please read all information thoroughly before submitting your grant request.
One Park Avenue, Suite 1
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Toll Free: (877) 622-2884

NOTE:  2015 applications closed on June 30, 2015.


Knights of Columbus
Families with children under the age of 20 who need wheelchair ramps, hearing aids, or stair lifts may be awarded grants of up to $5,000 from the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund.
470 Washington St, Suite 6, Norwood, MA 02062
Phone: (781) 551-0628

Lend A Helping Hand
provides financial assistance (emergency assistance, campership & book mission) to low-income families and individuals for over 120 years. Working with social service agencies in the Greater Boston Area.

Leominster Public Library Grant Center
Library has access to Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts.  If unfamiliar with Associated Grantmakers, call 978-534-7522 x3 to schedule mini training about grant center.

Modest Needs
offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the workforce, permanently disadvantaged persons struggling to afford medical care, and small non-profit organizations.

Social Security Disability Insurance
Provides benefits to families because of a child’s disability, depending on income. To apply, call 800-772-1213.

United HealthCare Children’s Foundation
Households with private-pay or employer insurance (MassHealth/Medicaid subscribers do not qualify) may receive up to $5,000 annually/$10,000 lifetime to support their child, who must be 16 years of age or less.
MN012-S286, PO BOX 41, Minneapolis,MN 55440-0041
Phone: (855) 698-4223

 Wish Upon a Hero Foundation
Individuals and families with financial need may submit “wishes” to this organization, which provides grants and other forms of charity to chosen applicants.
1640 NixonDrive, Suite 336 Moorestown, NJ 08057

Fact Sheet last updated on: 7/26/2013

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