Grant, Scholarship and Award Resources for Autism Caregivers

ACT Today! Grants Program

Autism Care Today provides funding assistance to families throughout the United States on a quarterly basis. These grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Open to all ages. Autism Care Today continues to distribute funds for treatment products and services, but Autism Care Today launched the first nationwide campaign to help military children impacted by autism as they have unique challenges. Military families must fight a war on two fronts, one overseas and one for their loved one with autism.To apply for a grant, please click the link to access the application:

American Speech, Language, Hearing Foundation

10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 498-2071

One $2,000 scholarship gives priority to a disabled student and is open to full-time students accepted for graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program.

The ARC of Illinois presents: Technology Assistance 

20901 S. LaGrange Road, Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-1832

The Arc of Illinois has developed a new assistive technology program. This program will fund, or partially fund, the purchase of assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who have received an evaluation/assessment from a qualified provider but the purchase is not subsidized by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. The maximum amount funded will be $500 per person or family. Upon approval, the device will be shipped directly to the applicant. How to apply? Contact the Arc of Illinois to complete an application. Who can apply? A person with an intellectual or developmental disability; family member on behalf of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability; and must be an Illinois resident.

AutismCares – Family Support Awards 

Marianne Toedtman
(888) AUTISM2

Awards grants of up to $1,500 for families facing crises such as the death of a family member, forced relocation, or loss of a job. To be considered, complete the online application.

Autism Care Today


Offers financial grants to help cover various needs for families affected by autism.

Autism Hero Project 


Offers assistance for insurance premiums for kids getting intensive ABA therapy. Apply here – Applications open in September. Applications in English and Spanish.

Autism Society of America 

7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
(301) 657-0881 or (800) 3AUTISM (800-328-8476)

The Eden Services Charles H. Hoens, Jr., Scholars Program-provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a qualified individual with autism to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, post-secondary educational or vocational program of study.

The Wendy F. Miller Award, Outstanding Individual with Autism of the Year, gives a scholarship to an individual with autism who has excelled in one or more areas of life experiences or contributions.

Bridges for Autism Foundation 

Marcia Biordi-Brown
P.O. Box 102
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 444-0019
Cook County

Award financial grants semi-annually to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential. Grants may pay for therapeutic services such as speech and language services, assistive technology, behavior consulting, ABA, RDI, verbal behavior, occupational therapy and therapeutic intensives. There is no predetermined amount for the grants. The dollar amount given will depend on the type of grant requested.

Celebrate Differences

Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County

Provides academic scholarships to individuals with disabilities and siblings/peers residing in the state of Illinois. For the purpose of the scholarships, any individual with any disability, defined as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, may apply. 

Chicago Autism Network - Therapy Assistance Grants

Families can apply for financial assistance with out-of-pocket therapy expenses and/or insurance premiums for a full calendar year. Applications are released in August. If you like, I can add you to our email list so you can get notified when we release the application. For other resources, available year-round, you can check out our website here

City University of New York at Brooklyn 

2900 Bedford Ave., Room 5315, James Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-5601

The Korchin Scholarship Award for disabled/minority students majoring in psychology is an annual award to a student with disabilities or minority student who intends to pursue graduate studies in psychology.

Council for Exceptional Children 

The five Stanley E. Jackson Scholarship Awards and the Infinitec Scholarship Award consist of different awards to enable people with disabilities to gain access to technologies which advance independence. They will be applied toward full-time post-secondary education and training.

The ELA Foundation, Inc. 

2460 N. Lake Avenue, PMB #128
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 398-8840

The mission of ELA is to Change the Face of Disability on the Planet. ELA accomplishes this mission by promoting health in communities through arts, education, and advocacy for the total inclusion of people with disabilities. The ELA Foundation will award one or two scholarships per academic year depending on merit.

Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program
HFS/HIPP Unit PO Box 19149 Springfield, IL 62794

Program run by the state of Illinois that will reimburse the cost of private insurance premiums (purchased through your employer or through the Marketplace) for those with Medicaid. Families must be able to afford 6 months of health insurance, after which the state will start reimbursing them the cost of the insurance, for as long as they both qualify for Medicaid and obtain medical expenses worth 2.5x the cost of their insurance premiums. Complete application here. Additional information on HIPP Grant can be found on Chicago Autism Network's webpage.

Healthwell Foundation

(800) 675-8416

Offers financial assistance to help cover insurance premiums, copays, and other out-of-pocket costs. Apply under Pediatric Assistance Fund.

Incight Company

733 SW Oak St., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 244-0305

Incight Go Better Scholarship provides scholarships for students with physical disabilities including sight, hearing, and learning disabilities.

Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

From the most important federal financial aid information to helpful deals to free stuff, this list of discounts for disabled students will help take the focus off bank accounts and back onto studies.


Programs include free or low-cost wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment, vehicle and home adaptations and more.

The Laila Rose Foundation

Provides financial assistance to families of children with medical needs.

The Law Offices of Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC 

Offering a nationwide annual disability scholarship for students with a physical or a learning disability, who have been accepted or are attending a 4-year college program or a law school within the US. It is an essay-based scholarship which will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Contact Sabrina John, Community Outreach Program Advisor via email:, call (914) 358-4095 or visit website for more information.


Small Steps in Speech

To better serve children with speech and language disorders, Small Steps in Speech will accept applications on behalf of children between 3 and 22 years of age at the time of the application deadline. Families with a combined household income under $100,000 are welcome to apply.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation


Offers grants to help cover out-of-pocket costs for medical conditions, including autism. Check here for eligibility requirements. Primary coverage for the child must be by a commercial health plan, either through an employer or individually purchased. Secondary insurance through Medicaid or CHIP is permissible.

VSA Arts

818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-2800

Open to young artists, ages 16-25 living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. The VSA Arts Young Soloists Award gives four award recipients scholarship funds and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Westside Foundation

Provides financial assistance to families in need who have children with developmental disabilities. 

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship 

National Tour Foundation
546 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40508
(800) 682-8886

The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is for individuals with a physical or sensory disability who are planning to attend a two or four-year college or university, majoring in travel or tourism industry.

Yes I Can! 

Foundation for Exceptional Children
1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
(800) 224-6830, ext. 450

The Sara Conlon Memorial Scholarship will benefit a student with a disability who is interested in pursuing a degree in the field of special education.