Help for Special Needs Families: Grants, Programs and Services

September 25, 2017 hospital stays, Jennifer B., Parenting Special Needs, speech therapy 1 Comments

As parents to children with special needs it can be difficult to find the best resources for kids, especially if we are in the midst of a difficult time or new diagnosis. Hoping to make the task a bit less daunting here is a list of links to various grants, programs, and services for individuals with special needs.


UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation – provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan

First Hand Foundation – provides funding for individual children—both domestically and globally—who need assistance with clinical necessities (such as surgery, medication and therapy), medical equipment and travel related to care

The Lindsay Foundation – assists families with the resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies, and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special-needs children

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center – assists and promotes the development of quality respite and crisis care programs to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities

NeedyMeds – national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs

Aubrey Rose Foundation – provides assistance to families caring for children with life threatening illnesses by providing emotional and financial support

Hands to Angels – supports the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic disorders, and provides financial assistance to families coping with the many complications of these disorders

The Maggie Welby Foundation – provides financial assistance for children in need, families in need, and organizations benefiting children

Building Blocks For Kids – provides assistance to meet the needs of children with physical, emotional and developmental challenges by bridging the funding gap for products and services

Grotto Humanitarian Foundation – brings smiles to children with special needs by providing dental care including costs of dental treatment, hospital, and anesthesia

The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation – provides funding for in-hospital life saving medical treatment and surgeries

The Parker Lee Project – organization dedicated to helping the families of children with medical needs obtain the supplies/equipment, education, and support

Aubrey’s Warriors Foundation – assists families with emergency funding by fundraising, transportation assistance, resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment

The Prayer Child Foundation – provides assistance to children with physical and emotional challenges

Different Needz Foundation – provides grants to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and organizations to provide medical equipment and/or services

Variety – the Children’s Charity – serves children who are less fortunate and who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage

HealthWell Foundation Pediatric Assistance Fund – provides financial assistance so children can start or continue critical and life-saving medical treatment

Alyssa V. Phillips Foundation – provides financial support to those impacted by cerebral palsy so they can receive necessary therapy and equipment

Danny Did Foundation – provides grants for intervention devices for children and adults with epilepsy

Eden’s Hope Foundation – works to ease the financial burden on families with children in treatment for neuroblastoma for expenses not typically covered by insurance or benefit programs

Small Steps in Speech – assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals

Medical Travel

Air Charity Network – comprised of a network member organizations who cover specific geographical service areas and coordinate volunteer pilot flights in the United States

Miracle Flights – provides financial assistance to low-income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care

Mercy Medical Angels – their mission is to ensure that no one in need is denied medical care due to a lack of transportation

Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program – provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to participating nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations

Footprints in the Sky – provides free flights for patients to medical facilities throughout the United States using donated charter and corporate jets

Angel Wheels to Healing – provides non-emergency, long-distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged, ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment

Air Care Alliance – connect with more than sixty groups of volunteer pilots who fly patients for care or provide other flights or aviation services to help those in need

Ronald McDonald House Charities – network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close

Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation – provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis

Additional Resource Lists

Special Needs Resource Project
Ultimate List of Grants and Resources for Families with Special Needs
Grants and Funding Sources
Special Needs Grants
Funding Resources for Special Needs and Adaptive Equipment

Please share your favorite special needs grants and programs in the comments!



One response to “Help for Special Needs Families: Grants, Programs and Services”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Children’s Flight of Hope has been wonderful to help us with flights. 🙂

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