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. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.
21600 Oxnard Street, Suite 1800
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Phone: 818-340-4010

Asperger Association of New England
 Family Grant Programs - Available to families who have a child with Asperger Syndrome or closely    related disorder (high-functioning autism, nonverbal learning disability).
 617-393-3824 x41
  Rainy Day Fund for Adults (18+) - Fund for adults with aspergers in a crisis situation.  Must be    income  eligible.  Grant amount $50 - $100 
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

AGM Grant Maker Directory - There are a network of Resource Centers across Massachusetts that provide free access to grant information.

Autism Speaks Cares: Financial Assistance - AutismSpeaks Cares provides support for families affected by autism during natural disasters and other catastrophic life events. The grant program helps families to cover costs associated with critical expenses related to the well-being of the family member with autism on a case-by-case basis. Please note, we DO NOT fund monthly recurring costs such as rent, mortgages, utilities, or car payments.

Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Program - 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.

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.
800-882-1435 or 617-624-6060.

Community Block Grants - Home modification grants may be available by contacting your local city government.
Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Grantees

Consumer Empowerment Funds Program of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council - Gives funds for people 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 02171
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. We support individuals and families in need, as well as local organizations that share our goals.
30 North Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
For more information contact: Tayla DiCicco at 1-781-222-5136  (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.

Financial Assistance for Families 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

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 01701
Grant Application Process:

Edwin Phillips Foundation - Provides grants to mentally and physically handicapped children of Marshfield and Plymouth County. Must have evidence of financial and medical need. Grants proposals include funding for individual recipients for prosthetic appliances, wheelchairs, beds or other forms of physical or educational assistance, provided there are no other funds, public or private, available for the needs of such individuals and to social service agencies serving the needs of handicapped children.
Applications should be mailed to :
Mariann L. Alford
U.S. Trust
225 Franklin Street
Boston MA  02110

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

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
Check website for grant application deadlines.

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 Street Suite 6
Norwood, MA 02062

Lend A Hand Society - Provides financial assistance to low-income families and individuals for over 120 years. Our three programs, emergency assistance, camperships for children, and the book mission — work in partnership with social service agencies in the greater Boston area. Grant applications must be made through a social service agency.

Leominster Public Library Grant Center - Library has a Grant Resource Center with an online database of foundations and public charity organizations.

Associated Grantmakers - Resources for grantseekers from non-profit organizations.

Modest Needs Foundation - 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.

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.
Minneapolis,MN 55440-0041

YouCaring - Open to individuals or non-profits that are needing to raise funds for personal, charitable, non-divisive causes in the following categories: medical expenses, memorial/funeral expenses, tuition/education help, adoption fundraising, service trips, nonprofits, veterans or helping a neighbor in need.


Fact Sheet last updated on: 11/19/2015

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