There are effective therapies, equipment, and learning opportunities not covered by insurance and out of reach financially for many families. The Family Fund was created in 2017, to help fill gaps in providing quality of life enrichment needs for youth under the age of 21.
This year, the Family Fund is able to award $30,660.
Thanks to The Bowen Foundation for Autism, $10,000 of the funding is available for Autism-specific requests.
The Family Fund is administered annually in the spring.
Applications Available: March 1, 2020
Application DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 15, 2020
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Awards will be selected by April 30, 2020. You will be notified via US mail of the acceptance or denial of your request. Grant payments will be mailed by May 10, 2020.
Eligibility & Requirements
By accepting the Family Fund grant, you are agreeing to allow The Arc Central Chesapeake Region to use your story and likeness in future marketing and promotional materials. Click here to see the full terms of the release policy.
To be eligible you must:
- Have a child with a disability, under the age of 21
- Reside in the state of Maryland
- Complete and submit the online application
Preference will be given to applicants that:
- Do not receive funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration or Autism Waiver
- Live in one of the counties supported by The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
- Is a current member of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (to become a member, click here)
- Has not received a grant from the Family Fund previously
Can I apply for camp funding?
The Family Fund does not pay full camp fees. You may submit requests for last-dollar camp funding. However, only applications showing additional sources of funding will be considered.
Does the Family Fund award crisis funding?
The Family Fund does not cover emergency requests. No applications for emergency or crisis funding will be considered. If you require emergency funding, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with appropriate resources.
If I receive funding from DDA or the Autism Waiver, can I still receive a Family Fund grant?
Yes. You are still eligible to receive a grant. However, please note that preference for awards will go to families who do not receive state funding.
Can I mail in the application?
No. You must fill out and submit the online application below.
Do I have to share my story if I receive a grant?
Yes. By accepting a grant from the Family Fund, you are agreeing to allow The Arc to use your story and likeness for future marketing purposes of the grant.
Please note: you must complete the entire application to be considered. All applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.