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Listing: Grants for Kids


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Online Resource

Reviewed Date

May 10, 2023


The list of grants covers the costs for your family so your child can get medical devices, treatments, equipment, educational scholarships and travel expenses.


Financial Assistance 

Alyssa V. Phillips Foundation: Help with Cerebral Palsy costs of treatments or devices.
2600 E. Southlake Blvd-Suite 120- Box 287-Southlake-TX -76092
[no phone]

Arya Foundation: By giving small financial aid to these families, the costs become lower and easier to afford. The Arya Foundation was created so that more than 95% of the money donated would go to families who need help paying for medical supplies.
P.O. Box 4443
Chesterfield, MO 63017  
(314) 445-ARYA (2792)

Aubrey Rose Foundation: Aubrey Rose had a short life, but she is still making a positive impact. Help with medical expenses for families with ill children is just one of the things her foundation provides.
3862 Race Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45211 
(513) 265-5801

Be Perfect Foundation:  This organization provides counseling, legal help, and financial aid to the families of those living with paralysis.
720 Indigo Ct. Pomona CA 91767  
(909) 621-9309

Bryan’s Dream Foundation:  Bryan’s Dream issues several grants every year to help families with treatment costs. 
P.O. Box 20 Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 
[No phone]

Building Blocks for Kids:  this organization does all it can to make things easier for you.
577 Central Parke Blvd. Suite 224, Mason, Ohio 45040    

Different Needz Foundation:  The Different Needz Foundation has a mission to provide grants to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and organizations that support them to provide medical equipment and/or services.
8584 E. Washington #122, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
(216) 904-5151

Cerner Charitable Foundation: (formerly First Hand Foundation) Medical insurance only covers so much. When all other avenues are exhausted, first-hand helps with medical and transport expenses.
2800 Rockcreek Pkwy Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 201-1569

Fred’s Footsteps: When kids are ill or injured, a foundation commemorating the life of a generous entrepreneur steps in.

Giving Angels Foundation: Their mission is to enhance the daily functioning of a child with special needs from a low income family by awarding grants for essential therapies*, life-changing equipment, essential family bills and specialized camps
1461 Golden Drive
Dresher, PA 19025 or
P: 267-332-1320

Grotto Humanitarian Foundation:  If you’re struggling to afford dental care, this foundation will help to keep your special child’s smile bright.
430 Beecher Road
Gahanna, OH 43230   Office: 614.933.0711

Gwendolyn Strong Foundation: Never Give Up. This organization raises funds for research Spinal Muscular Atrophy – and helps families whose insurance doesn’t cover their SMA care needs.
27 W. Anapamu, Suite 177, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 203-0334

Hannah and Friends: Kids and adults with special needs in Indiana, the Michiana area, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida could qualify for quality of life grants from Hannah and Friends.
Hannah and Friends, 51250 Hollyhock Road, South Bend, IN 46637 574-993-4252

June Brandy Foundation: Whether kids are ill or disabled, the June Brandy foundation reaches out. No website or contact.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation:
-“UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for.”

Variety The Children's Charity: Provides Grants, medical equipment and services, mobility equipment and services, and Communication equipment and services. Services, assistance, and items granted may vary state to state.
Phone: 323-954-0820 

Kids all together

Traveling Assistance:

Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Alex’s funds pediatric cancer research, but it also helps out families who need to travel to get treatment.

Angel Flight: A group of pilots volunteers their services to fly families in need to places where they can get necessary medical care they couldn’t otherwise have accessed.

Autism Escapes: This non-profit isn’t just for kids with autism. If you need to travel by air to get therapy for your special needs child, find out whether they can help.

Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation: When kids have to be treated far from home, parents often struggle to find affordable accommodation. If your child needs to get care from the John Hopkins Children’s center, you can get a free stay. There’s even a beach house for families of special needs kids who need but can’t afford a break.

Grind For Life

The mission of the Grind For Life organization is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. In addition, we educate and inspire these patients and families involving cancer survival and recovery with Mike Rogers’s story.

J Kiffin Penry Patient Travel Assistance Fund: When all your funds run out and you still need to travel get epilepsy care, a grant could be the answer.

The National Children’s Cancer Society: When your budget won’t stretch to accommodate travel needs, the NCCS can cover your child’s travel costs.

1800 Charity Cars: Caring citizens donate cars to help people in need. When you have to take an ill child for regular therapy, a car is an absolute must-have.

Online Car Donation: If you are struggling to take care of your family and your special needs child because you lack transport, get in touch with people who are there to help.

Therapy Tools and Mobility Aids

Ben’s Blankets: When your child needs a weighted blanket because of a sensory disorder, the price can be high. Volunteer tailors will make custom blankets for kids in need at the cost of the materials used.
[No number].

Challenged Athletes Foundation: CAF helps challenged athletes with special sporting equipment.

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation: After losing their otherwise healthy daughter to an epileptic seizure, Chelsea’s family started a foundation to help kids with epilepsy get assistance dogs and life-saving movement monitors.303.250.7739

Feeding Tube Awareness: Partners up with medical organizations and clinics that provide free feeding g-tubes belts and pads to any child that requires one. The charity is run by parents volunteers that will become like a second family to yours.

FODAC: Free or low-cost wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, and home modifications go a long way towards helping movement impaired children get quality of life. [No number]

Friends of Man: Getting mobility equipment or a prosthesis can be extremely costly unless you get help. You will need help from a medical professional or social worker when completing your application. 303.798.2342

McLindon Family Foundation: Special bikes for special kids allow them to have fun just like anyone else. 225.456.3505

MIRA Foundation: Having a guide dog makes a world of difference to blind kids. This foundation helps them get a canine helper.

Miracle Ear Foundation: A hearing aid helps hearing-impaired kids and adults participate in normal living. It’s like a miracle, and with this foundation, the miracle comes for free. 877.632.6320

MPS Society: Provides free support for children affected by this disorder.919.806.0101

Project Mend: A refurbished mobility device could be the answer to your prayers. The volunteers at Project Mend help people of all ages to get mobile.210.223.6363

Riddick's Ride:  A foundation to educate other on complex children disorders, and provide children with equipment that may be necessary and a forum for families to gather and share information.
3509 Woodland Circle South, Island Lake, IL 60042   phone:  1.800.651.9629 Provides the necessary help for kids that need a ramp to move from a home to the outside. The website also includes a map with different areas where you can find the help for building a ramp. 847.680.7700

Stepping Stones for Stella:  mobility aids for snow and sand.617.785.0076

Shriners Orthotics and Prosthetics: Shriners Childrens Hospitals help people who need orthotics or prosthetics to get the devices they need – for free or reduced rates.916.453.2191

The Arya Foundation: Mobility aids and even special seats or ramps help disabled kids enjoy living at home. Talk to the Arya Foundation about your child’s needs.314.445.2792

The HIKE Fund: When kids need hearing aids, HIKE steps into the breach.[No number]

Two Angels Foundation:  Adaptive equipment helps kids to get the equipment they need.720.940.6078

Wheelchairs 4 Kids: If you are struggling to provide a wheelchair for your little one, let others help you.727.946.0963

Wheel to Walk Foundation: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California kids needing anything from leg braces to therapy trikes from this wonderful foundation.503.257.1401

The Kids Equipment Network:   President Tim Caruso, founded this organization in 2005 to put unused equipment into the hands of children who needed it. He has been supplying equipment to kids ever since in the Chicagoland area. [No number]

My Gym Challenged America Foundation:
The goal of the My Gym Challenged America Foundation is to 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. Through our gifting program, we help these children acquire the confidence, self-esteem, and sense of well-being they need to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives.818.907.6966

The Variety Club Children’s Charities of Illinois has a Bike program for kids. Kids on the Go program
Variety Kids on the Go aims to help kids gain the mobility, confidence, and independence needed to be active members of their community by providing funding for sports wheelchairs, adaptive bikes, walkers, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other equipment not covered by insurance.312.822.0660

Higher Education Scholarship Programs:

Bella Soul: Empowering College Students Confronting Chronic Illness or Disability through Scholarships and Emotional Support

College  Grants and scholarships available for people with disability to attend college. Disability scholarships exist to provide college funding for students who possess numerous cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impediments that would make it difficult to attain a college degree. These scholarship opportunities help deserving students stay in school and out of debt, allowing them to more easily achieve their educational and career goals.

Kids Chance - Educational Scholarships

This is a financial scholarship for any child who may have had a mother or father who was injured on the job. School scholarships can be awarded to children of these injured parents as a parent may not be able to return to work.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who may qualify, even if their college-age years are far away, complete the online form on the web link below to submit your information for potential scholarship opportunities and let Kids Chance help you by finding resources for you and your child.

Criteria for Kids’ Chance scholarships vary by state. To see how your state handles scholarships, find your Kids’ Chance organization.

Phone Number: 484-945-9903

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This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here  for further details.

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