Apply for Award

The following is the list of our criteria:

  • The purpose of our awards will be to further our mission statement of providing support and/or opportunities to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • All awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • All awards will be subject to Board approval AND funds available.
  • The number of awards given each year will depend on funds available.
  • Those responsible for the award selection will be the Foundation's Board of Directors. Determining awards made under our program is solely the responsibility of the Board.
  • Meeting of criteria does not automatically result in an award.
  • One award per household/organization per month will be accepted.
  • One award per household/organization per 12-month period will be granted. If a recipient wishes to request another award, they will need to complete a separate application after one year and are subject to the same initial application criteria.
  • Applicants will be notified by letter or phone call of the Board's decision within 60 days of receipt of their application.
  • Any financial award will be a one-time payment made directly to the organization, provider of services or supplier.
  • The Board will not award payment for ongoing treatment at this time.
  • There is no age limit.
  • Awards may be given to special education programs.

Criteria Specific to Families:

  • The Foundation will not provide monetary awards directly to individuals and/or families.
  • When appropriate, the Foundation will first seek out donations of services for families and/or individuals from community businesses and/or organizations. When donations of goods or services are not available or appropriate, the Foundation will provide funds directly to the business and/or organizations that are the direct provider of services or supplies.
  • Must show proof of disability from a licensed mental health or medical professional (award options will also be considered for families on waiting lists for diagnosis).
  • Copy of tax return and the last three paycheck stubs need to accompany application for ALL employed members of a family. If unemployed, a copy of SSI statement must accompany application. accompany application.
  • Applicants must meet HUD household income guidelines based on the number of individuals in the family:

  1. $37,350
  2. $42,650
  3. $48,000
  4. $53,300
  5. $57,600
  6. $61,850
  7. $66,100
  8. $70,400

Criteria Specific to Organizations:

  • The Foundation will provide awards to organizations that provide services including but not limited to multi-disciplinary diagnostic evaluations, supplies for special education classrooms, musical therapy, animal therapy and individual or family psychiatric/psychological therapy.
  • Applications from organizations must show written proof that the award will go directly to services for individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neuro-developmental disorder and must also be in line with our mission statement.

Examples of awards include the following:

  • Cost of medical equipment not covered by insurance to include co-payment or deductible for the equipment;
  • Videos or other needed teaching tools;
  • Birthday parties for child or sibling;
  • Special birthday gifts;
  • Respite for parents;
  • Family vacations (hotel, meals, entertainment);
  • Adopt a family for the holidays;
  • Supplies for special education programs;
  • One time award made to organization for music therapy, animal therapy, and individual or family psychiatric/psychological therapy;
  • Utility bill assistance;
  • Food assistance.