Grant Resources for Special Needs Families

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Are you a family of a child with special or medical needs? Do you know someone who is? Then this is the must have resource for grants for medical equipment such as wheelchairs or adaptive bikes, grants to help with medical costs, wish organizations and other ways you can brighten up your child’s day. 

I chose organizations that serve larger areas or are nationwide. Ask your local children’s hospital or your physician about any local organizations that may also be able to help you. Raising a child with medical needs is expensive and insurance does not cover all costs. Feel free to give your favorite non-profit a shout out in the comments. We appreciate their hard work to make life a bit easier for families like ours.


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Wish Organizations

These organization will grant a wish to a child with a life threatening or sometimes chronic health condition. 


Dream Factory

Sunshine Foundation

Kids Wish Network

Hope Kids

Jason’s Dream for Kids

The Marty Lyons Foundation


A Special Wish 

Take a Breather Foundation, for children with cystic fibrosis

Casey Cares, provides wishes to patients in MD, PA, DE, NJ, VA, WV or DC 

Clayton Dabney for kids with cancer, assists families in making memories during end stage cancer

Dream Foundation, grants wishes to adults with terminal illness

Gifts From the Heart For Downs, provides wishes for children with Down syndrome.

Cherished Creations, grants wishes for seriously ill and underprivileged children

Project Angel Fares, provides all travel expenses to visit Morgan’s Wonderland

3 Little Birds 4 Life, provides wishes for young adults with cancer

Do It For The Love, provides musical wishes for children, teens and adults

Special Spectators, provides VIP sports experiences for critically ill children and their families

Jessie Rees Foundation, provides multiple aspects of support to families affected with cancer, see website for details

*each organization has their own criteria for referring a child and geographical area they serve


Medical Equipment/Medical Assistance


UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, offers grants for kids 16 years old or younger for services health insurance does not cover

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

Alex’s Lemonade Stand, provides travel grants to medical institutions for families battling childhood cancer

The Arya Foundation, provides medical equipment such as ramps, special beds and walking aides. 

MY GYM Challenged America, provides grants for medical equipment and therapy equipment for families with special needs

The Lindsay Foundation, provides medical care, treatment and rehab equipment grants

Stepping Stones for Stella, provides buggies for children with special needs to enjoy outdoors to its fullest

The Danny Did Foundation, provides seizure/epilepsy devices to children in need

First Hand Foundation, provides financial assistance for medical care, vehicle modification and travel 

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, provides seizure monitoring and seizure assistance dogs

June Brandy Foundation, assists families with children who have pediatric illness/disability

Alyssa V. Phillips Foundation, assists children with cerebral palsy to help with therapies or other medical treatments insurance doesn’t cover

Variety of United States, provides equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion

The Prayer Child Foundation, provides assistance to children with disabilities to enhance quality of life

Wheel to Walk Foundation, assists with equipment not provided by insurance

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

Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, provides iPads for children with spinal muscular atrophy

Silent Stars, provides iPads for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Angel Flight, free medical and compassion flights 

Aubrey Rose Foundation, assists families with medical expenses

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

Eden’s Hope, assists families of children with neuroblastoma

Friend’s of Man, assists with medical and mobility equipment and prothesis

Snap4Kids, provides modest grants to families in need

Fred’s Footsteps, provides financial assistance to families during a child’s illness

Family Reach, financial assistance for families of children with cancer

Matthew Larson Foundation, assists families of children with brain tumors

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

Project Mend, refurbishes mobility devices and assists families with medical equipment needs

TJ Joy Memorial Fund, assists families in obtaining seizure monitoring devices

Gia Nicole Angel Foundation, assist with purchase of medical equipment

Building Blocks for Kids, provides grants for health related needs

Challenged Athletes Foundation, provides grants for paralympic sports related needs

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

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 Michiana area, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida

Grotto Humanitarian Foundation, provides dental services for children with special needs

The HIKE Fund, provides hearing devices for children in need

Kya’s Krusade, grants for therapies

Maggie Welby Foundation, provides grants to families in need

Mark’s Money, grants for individuals with Down Syndrome residing in Tennessee or Indiana

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

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

Ray Tye Medical 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

iPads for Apraxia, awards iPads and protective cases to aid in communication

Be Perfect Foundation, offers financial assistance for individuals living with paralysis

Cancer Care, offers financial assistance to families with cancer diagnoses

The National Children’s Cancer Society, offers monetary assistance with travel, meals and lodging for families of children with cancer

MIRA Foundation, provides guide dogs for blind children ages 11-17

My GOAL Inc, grants for families of children with autism for treatments not covered by insurance or other sources

Ben’s Blankets, weighted blankets for children with sensory needs at the cost of materials

Parker Lee Project, provides medical supplies and equipment to children at no cost to the families.

Two Angels Foundation, provides adaptive recreational equipment for children with disabilities

J Kiffin Penry Patient Travel Assistance Fund, travel grants for epilepsy care

Josh Provides, grants to medical services, medication, travel and devices related to epilepsy

Needy Meds, discounted and free medication programs and other services for low income families

Autism Escapes, primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children.

FODAC, provides refurbished equipment and services for disabled adults and children to improve their overall quality of life.

Generation Rescue, provides assistance for autism medical treatment for families in financial need

Modest Needs, short term financial help for families in crisis situation

Believe in Tomorrow, hospital housing and respite housing

Ride to Give,  turns athletic ability into fundraising power for families with children who are disabled, injured, or ill. 

Travis Roy Foundation, grants for individuals with spinal cord injuries

Aubrey’s Warriors Foundation, provides financial assistance to families going through hardship due to illness 

June Jessee Memorial Foundation, assists families in the St. Louis area with medical copayments, medications, medical equipment, overnight nursing care, formula and other items not covered by insurance. 

Jah Heart Foundation, assists children with cerebral palsy

Holton’s Heroes, assists families affected by post birth traumatic brain injury


Free Gifts and Services


Santa’s Little Hackers, sends children with special needs an adaptive toy at Christmas time

Seedlings Braille Books, free braille books/articles for students in grades 1-12

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

Gracie’s Gowns, free custom made hospital gowns for children with life-threatening illnesses

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

Special Kids Photography of America provides grants for family pictures 

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

Blessing Boxes, provide toys for children with chronic illnesses or injuries

Feel Better Friends, sends children with cancer and other illnesses a crochet doll stuffed with love and well wishes

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

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

Lara’s Gowns for Smiles, provides a colorful hospital gown for children who are in hospitals

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

Project Fairy Dust & Magic Wands, provides a handmade tiaras for princesses in distress

Peach’s Neet Feet, creates custom decorated shoes for children with a qualifying medical condition

Tiny Superheroes, sends a cape to your little superhero 

Bianca’s Kids, provides needed wishes for families

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 and children in need

Butterflies for Courageous Kids, sends a butterfly of encouragement for children battling cancer and 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

Icing Smiles, works with bakers provide free birthday cake to a child or a sibling impacted by a serious illness

Songs of Love Foundation, create personalized uplifting songs,free of charge, for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.

Love Your Melon, provides a free hat for children with cancer

Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, provides families who have a child with critical illness or medical crisis assistance with non-medical needs and creating memories

Blueprints of Love, room makeovers for deserving children in the Massachusetts  area

Blanket Hugs, sends out blankets to children with life threatening illnesses

Moments of Hope, sends out care packages to children battling cancer

Flashes of Hope, childhood cancer organization provides photo sessions for children affected by cancer

Gamerosity, sends an iPad and a hero package to children in receiving chemotherapy for childhood cancer

The Magic Yarn Project, provides homespun wigs for little cancer fighters

Free Places to Go

Dream Night: ask your local Zoo if they participate in this wonderful program reserved only for medical/special needs families

Surf Dreams Foundation: currently various cities on the east coast, helping children experience surfing for the first time

Give Kids the World: a popular wish organization destination, see database for participating organizations

Buckmaster’s Life Hunts provides a hunting experience for a child with critical illness or severe disability

Camp Sunshine a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families

Catch-A-Dream, once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses

Hunt of a Lifetime, hunting and wishing dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses

Outdoor Dream Foundation, outdoor adventures for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses

Ride A Wave, a special day at the beach for children with special needs

United Special Sportsmen Alliance, sends critically ill and terminally ill youth and disabled veterans on outdoor adventures

Epilepsy Foundation-Texas, free summer camps for children with epilepsy

Amputee Coalition, free summer camp for children with limb differences in Ohio

Connecticut Burns Foundation, free summer camp for children with life altering burn injuries

Paul Newman CampsDouble H RanchThe Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Camp Boggy Creek (and many more) are all free to campers

Camp Mak-A-Dream, offers cost free programs to children, teens, young adults and women with cancer

Deliver the Dream, free family retreats in Florida. Each weekend is for a different medical condition. 

Lighthouse Family Retreat, free family retreat to reconnect as a family after cancer treatments

National Parks and Federal Recreational Land- Access pass, free admission to all sites and discounts on amenities

The Center for Courageous Kids, free summer camps and family respite weekends 

David’s Refuge, provides a place of respite for parents and guardians of children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored, and renewed in their role as caregivers.

Seats of Dreams, provides free tickets to events to children with medical conditions

Believe in Tomorrow, provides hands on adventures for critically ill children

Do It For The Love, free tickets to live concerts to individuals with life threatening illnesses

Best Day Foundation, provides adventure activities for children with special needs

Hope Kids, provides activities, events and support for kids with cancer and other life threatening activities

Blue Skies, provides a relaxing beach vacation for families affected by childhood cancer 


Some tips when applying for grants:

  1. Read the criteria and requirements carefully. That way you are not wasting your time filling out applications and the non-profit can focus on the people they have set up their program for.
  2. Speak with your child’s physician or therapist to see if a particular equipment would be helpful or if there might be a better choice before applying. 
  3. If you are chosen for a grant, follow up with a thank you letter and pictures. Many non-profits depend on these updates to share with their donors so that other children can be served.
  4. Don’t give up. If you are not chosen for a grant, check out local lending closets, ask around in local mom groups or set up a personal fundraiser. We all need a little help sometimes.