The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc), a nonprofit committed to transforming lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is partnering with Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman to offer grants to families with children with disabilities or special medical needs who are adversely affected by COVID-19.

The program will provide short-term, in-home supports to children (ages 0-21) with disabilities living in Anne Arundel County. Families are eligible to receive up to $500. The Arc will begin accepting applications for the program on Friday, November 13, 2020. Families may apply for the funding through December 31, 2020.

“We are thrilled to partner with Anne Arundel County to provide this incredible funding for our community,” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO, The Arc. “This program will help parents who need additional support for their child due to the pandemic, and is a much-needed resource for so many families in our community at this time.”

Parents can apply for funding to provide childcare to complete necessary personal tasks such as medical or other critical appointments, childcare to help as they recover from COVID-19, support to provide supervision during virtual learning so parent(s) can work, childcare to complete basic tasks that cannot be completed with their child, or childcare to allow for a mental break.

The funding will support at least 90 families in Anne Arundel County. The Arc will facilitate the program and administer all funding.

Families can apply at through December 20, 2020.