2018 Grants and Resources for Families with Special Needs

DISCLAIMER: each organization, grant, or program has their own criteria
for referring a child and geographical area they serve

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Equipment & Medical Assistance & Lending Closets

My Gym Challenged America: provide equipment and services that enhance the quality of life and improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children who are physically or developmentally challenged and those coping with chronic illness.

McLindon Family Foundation: provides adaptive bicycles for children with special needs.

Eden's Hope: assists families of children with neuroblastoma.

Molly Bear Foundation: grants for families of children with Trisomy 18

Alex's Lemonade Stand: provides travel grants to medical institutions for families battling childhood cancer.

Giving Angels Foundation: award grants to low-income families to enhance the everyday life of their special needs child aged 21 or younger throughout the United States.

Friends of Man: assists with medical and mobility equipment and prosthesis.

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation: provides iPads for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

Angel Flight: free medical and compassion flights.

The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation: funds life saving medical care and surgeries for those without insurance

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project: provides the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to children with physical and developmental needs

Building Blocks for Kids: provides grants for health related needs

Wheelchairs 4 Kids: provides assistive devices and medical equipment to families in need.

Fred's Footsteps: provides financial assistance to families during a child’s illness (Philly, PA)

Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation: provides medical and respite housing to critically ill children and their families.

Bryan's Dream Foundation: assist families of children with brain tumors.

The Arya Foundation: provides financial aid for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for children with the medical condition.

Stepping Stones for Stella: provide Buggies to children with disabilities to ensure they and their families experience the joy and freedom of the great outdoors to its fullest.

Danny Did Foundation: provides seizure/epilepsy devices to children in need.

First Hand Foundation: provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation: provides seizure monitoring and seizure assistance dogs.

Alyssa V Phillips Foundation: supports individuals with cerebral palsy.

Aubrey Rose Foundation: assists families with medical expenses.

Ambucs: adapted bikes for children with special needs.

Small Steps in Speech: grant funds for speech and language disorder therapies.

Variety US: provides equipment and services for mobility, independence, and social inclusion.

Wheel to Walk Foundation: assists with equipment not provided by insurance.

Go Shout Love: features a family battling a rare illness and raises funds for them.

Project Mend: refurbishes mobility devices.

Miracle Ear Foundation: provides free hearing aids to individuals in need

Maggie Welby Foundation: provides grants to families in need

Grottoes Humanitarian Foundation: provides dental care for children with special needs

Challenged Athletes Foundation: provides grants for paralympic sports related needs

Different Needz Foundation: provides grants for medical equipment and/or services

The Kids Equipment Network: connecting children with special needs to the durable, adaptive equipment that helps them thrive in Chicagoland and Midwest. 

Hands to Angels: helps families of children with rare genetic disorders

Hannah and Friends: provides quality of life grants for individuals with developmental disabilities in Indiana, the Michigan area, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida

The HIKE Fund: provides hearing devices for children in need

Kya's Krusade: grants for therapies

Mark's Money: grants for individuals with Down Syndrome residing in Tennessee or Indiana

Miracles in Progress: hippotherapy scholarships and small grants for families in western Chicago suburbs

Bianca's Kids: provides needed wishes for families

Riddick's Ride: equipment lending closet located in north eastern Illinois

Katy's Kloset: equipment lending closet located in south eastern Wisconsin

Kindred Kids: equipment lending closet located in southern Wisconsin

Wish Granting, Trips, or Experiences

Do It For The Love: a wish-granting nonprofit organization that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. 

Project Angel Fares: providing families outside of San Antonio who cannot afford to travel, the opportunity to visit San Antonio, Morgan's Wonderland & Inspiration Island with a 4 day, 3 night trip of a lifetime with paid travel expenses.

Make A Wish: grant the wish of children diagnosed with a critical illness.

Dream Factory: grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen.

Sunshine Foundation: answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause

Kids Wish Network: infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and those struggling with life-altering situations.

Hope Kids: provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-­threatening medical condition.

Jason's Dreams for Kids: grants wishes for children in the New Jersey area.

Marty Lyons Foundation: fulfill the special wishes of children in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia

Angel Wish: support the most vulnerable of children living with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, among many others in an impactful way.

A Special Wish: granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 and diagnosed as having a life-threatening disorder.

Take A Breather Foundation: to fulfill wishes for children who have been touched by Cystic Fibrosis.

Free Services and Gifts

Santa's Little Hackers: sends children with special needs an adaptive toy at Christmas

Seedling's Braille Books: free braille books/articles for students in grades 1-12

Sweet Dreams for Kids: provides a free pair of pajamas for children who are in hospitals

Shadow Buddies: sends a doll buddy to your child for emotional support in time of need

Special Kids Photography of America: provides grants for family pictures

Hugginz by Angel: provides blankets and pillows to comfort children dealing with serious illness, tragedy, or medical condition

Tubie Friends: provides bears with Gtubes, GJ, central lines, ports, etc

Peachs Neet Feet: creates custom decorated shoes for children with a qualifying medical condition

Grains of Love: provides love packages for individuals in need of comfort

Wishers and Dreamers: free hospital gowns for your child’s doll/bear

Sweet Dreams Foundation: improve the quality of life for children who have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease through the creation of their Dream bedroom.

Gracie's Gowns: provides custom hospital gowns to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

The Butterfly Fund: clothing, services and care for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

Ben's Blankets: free weighted blankets for children with sensory needs

Feel Better Friends: sends children with cancer and other illnesses a crochet doll

Icing Smiles:

works with bakers provide free birthday cake to a child or a sibling

impacted by a serious illness

Project Fairy Dust and Magic Wands: provides a handmade tiaras for princesses in distress

Tiny Superheroes: sends a cape to your little superhero

Knitting Rays of Hope: knits hats for cancer patients, babies in NICU and other special deliveries

Ween Dream: collects and delivers Halloween costumes for children with medical conditions

Butterflies for Courageous Kids: sends a butterfly of encouragement for children battling cancer or other medical conditions

Sharing the Weight: provides free weighted blankets to children who could benefit from one

Special Spaces: creates dream bedrooms for children with critical illnesses

Room to Dream: bedrooms designed for children in need

Graham's Foundation: sends a care package to families with premature babies


**if you know of an organization, grant program, or resource, please email me at kuntzr@gmail.com
so I can add it to the list**