Grants, Financial Planning, and Resource Support

Need help with money, budgets, benefits and housing? Check out the FES Programs section in Intensive Family Supports.

Grants, Financial Planning and Resource Supports

Madeline Moore Summer Camp Grant

Provides up to $400/ year for children 6-17 to attend a participating summer camp.  Child must be receiving services through Community Behavioral Health or The Office of Mental Health at the time of application.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found here. You may contact camps individually to determine if they can accommodate children with autism.  Download the 2022 Participating Camp List.

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Fred’s Footsteps

Fred’s Footsteps provides interim funds for otherwise financially stable families to help them handle the financial burden of a child’s illness or traumatic injury. Grants may be at times to pay for safety items such as fences, alarm systems and accessibility equipment or renovations.

Up to $10,00 a year for families for needs related to a child’s illness, injury or disability that are not covered by insurance such as home adaptations for a wheelchair or a fence. Also grants for finances incurred by a parent unable to work during a child’s illness. Referrals through the child’s hospital social worker only. Families must live in one of the following counties: Atlantic, Cape May, Lancaster, Northampton, Berks, Chester, Lehigh, Ocean, Bucks, Cumberland (NJ), Mercer, Philadelphia, Burlington, Delaware, Montgomery, Salem, Camden, Gloucester, or New Castle Child must be under 18 years of age.

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940 Haverford Road, Suite LL-1, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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BenePhilly Centers

FREE 1:1 counseling regarding housing, rent, healthcare, prescriptions, disability benefits, utility bills, food, paying for college, and more. Locations are as follows:

Catholic Social Services, 4400 North Reese St, 19140; 6214 Grays Ave;

Impact Services, 5847 Germantown Ave; 952 East Allegheny Ave

Philadelphia FIGHT, 1207 Chestnut Street, 3rd Fl.

Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave.19130;

Utilities Emergency Services Fund, 1617 JFK Blvd,19103;

United Communities Southeast Philly, 2029 S. 8th St. 19148.

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Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

4-year scholarships for pre-K to 8th grade to fund private, parochial and other tuition-based community schools.

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Cradles To Crayons (C2C)

FREE clothing, school supplies, shoes, coats, bedding and other material goods for children ages 0 to 12. C2C does not work directly with families; requests must go through social workers, or other staff in similar positions, who place orders for children’s items with C2C. Parents/families cannot request directly. Agencies must register with C2C.

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Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation

Grants for needs not covered by insurance.

Referrals only through a social worker, case manager, or other healthcare professionals within hospitals, medical facilities, social service agencies, and treatment centers.

Child must have a diagnosis of serious, chronic, or critical illness, disability, currently requiring medical attention.

Parents/families cannot request directly. See website for more info.

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Danny’s Wish

IPads for Autism grants

Proof of financial need is required. The individual being applied for must have an autism diagnosis and be minimally verbal or non-verbal. The individual must have access to a computer and iTunes account. Applicant must be 3 years of age or older.

Application Form

**As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danny’s Wish charity event was postponed with no alternate date at this time.

Unfortunately that also means that they haven’t raised the historical amount of donations for this year‘s distribution of iPads.

Danny’s Wish has sent out as many iPads as they can at this time. If you’ve applied for a iPad for your loved one please be patient. Danny’s Wish will fulfill requests as soon as they can.

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Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scholarship Program

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) scholarship program provides $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum and includes three different scholarship opportunities toward payment for post-secondary school.  These opportunities include the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program, The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship, and The Synchrony Scholarship for Autistic Students of Color.  The application period for all three scholarships runs from early December-early May annually.


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The Mitzvah Circle

Provide individualized material supports (including Diaper Bank and other necessities) for people in need of all ages. The referral forms can be found on their website. Due to COVID-19 referrals must be completed by a social worker, teacher or doctor, clergy member or an agency for Philadelphia services.

Supports for Individuals and Families – Due to Covid-19, they are only able to accept requests from areas within Montgomery County, Pottstown, or Phoenixville at this time.

2562 Blvd of the Generals, Suite 100, Norristown, PA 19403

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Tools for Meeting Life’s Challenges

Non-profit organization that provides resources, support and advocacy, in-person and online, to empower people with disabilities, their families and allies to lead self-determined lives. Information about education, finances and benefits. Free.

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