grants and funding sources for wheelchair handicapped accessible van conversions

Grants and Funding Sources for wheelchair handicapped accessible van conversions

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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.
19019 Ventura Blvd. Suite 200 Tarzana, CA 91356;

Asperger Association of New England  

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
Philanthropic agencies may contact Associated Grantmakers to receive funding for their own charitable organizations.
55 Court Street, Suite 520 Boston, MA 02108

There are a network of Resource Centers across Massachusetts that provide free access to grant information.
The Leominster Public Library offers free computer access to Associated Grantmakers.
See below for additional 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.
Support awards cannot exceed a total of $1500 per income eligible family.

Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp
Provides up to $3000 scholarships for financially disadvantaged campers with Autism Spectrum disorder to attend eligible camps.

Autism Support Daily
Awards various grants throughout the year, open to all incomes.
P.O. Box 4556,Burlington, VT 05406

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.

Children’s Charity Fund
Provides funds for medical or educational supplies, open to all incomes.
6623 Superior Ave Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34231

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.
1150 Hancock Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 300Quincy, MA 02169. 617-770-7676 ext.115.

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 24 New England Executive Park, Suite 330 in Burlington, MA 0180  (Application Form)
(781) 222-5120

Daniell’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.  The 4th Quarter deadline is December 31, 2012

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. For more information and to receive an application contact the toll free hotline at 1-800-511-2283.

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

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. 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. 866-3AUTISM or 508-270-1855, Framingham, MA.

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
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; 877-NAA-AUTISM (877-622-2884).

NOTE:  2012 applications will be available and accepted from June 1, 2012 through July 1, 2012.

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

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,ext.3 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; 800-992-4459.

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


Disclaimer: Please Note: Information in this fact sheet is provided as a service. It is not comprehensive, nor does it take the place of legal advice. The user is encouraged to check references for resources provided, and to keep in mind that the names of providers or additional sources of further information are intended as referrals only.


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