Family Fund

What is the Family Fund?

Do you or someone you know need money to help cover unfunded services? The Arc’s Family Fund provides grants to families with children with disabilities under the age of 21 who request assistance with covering the costs of therapies, equipment, respite care, camps, and more.  The applications for our Family Fund will be available in early 2020.  

“It’s less of a financial stress for me, to know that I can reach out and get help. I do the best that I can. I keep a roof over my daughter’s head. I am insanely frugal so that I can support her. But to know that there is funding for things that Medicaid doesn’t cover, for things that make such a difference in my daughter’s life, it’s just a huge burden off of my shoulders. As a single mother, single resource household – you have no idea how much of a difference this makes to our family.”


Meet Holly and Angel.

Angel is a sweet seven-year-old little girl. She cannot walk. She cannot talk. She wasn’t able to engage with the world around her, until now.

Her mother, Holly, was able to apply for a grant from The Arc’s Family Fund to help pay for a universal stand for Angel’s eye-gaze technology. This tablet-like device tracks eye movement and empowers Angel to communicate with the world around her. Medicaid would only fund for a stand for Angel’s wheelchair. But Angel isn’t always in her wheelchair – she’s sometimes on the ground, or a hospital bed, or in her own bed. Then the technology doesn’t do her any good – she loses her voice.

Thanks to a grant from the Family Fund, Holly was able to get a universal stand so that Angel can have access to her eye-gaze technology – and her voice – at all times. Without the grant from the Family Fund, the $1,100 stand would have been completely out of reach.

Please consider making a donation today. Your gift to The Arc’s Family Fund helps struggling families where they need it most!

FAQs for Family Fund

What are the eligibility requirements?

Your family member with a disability must be under the age of 21 and must live in one of the counties where The Arc Central Chesapeake Region provides services (Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico, and Worcester).

You do not have to be a member of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, but members will receive preferred consideration.

The family member may not be receiving services funded through Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or LISS (Low Intensity Support Services) for the requested funding.

How do I become a member of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region and what are the benefits?

Learn about becoming a member.

Benefits include preferred consideration for funding from The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Family Fund, access to educational resources, and discounted tickets to The Arc Central Chesapeake Region events.

How do I apply to the Family Fund?

Access the application

Completed applications must be sent via email to, along with any necessary documentation.

Are there documents I need to submit along with my application?

You must submit a quote or invoice from the vendor.

How will funds be distributed?

Funds will be distributed directly to parent or legal guardian.

What can the funds be used for?

Funds can be requested for items and services including, but not limited to camps, equipment, therapy, and respite care.

Is there an income requirement?

There are no income requirements.


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