Diagnosis: Child must have a documented autism spectrum diagnosis
23 Years or Younger: Age of applicant must be 23 years of age or younger at the time of application submission
Financial Need: Have financial need, indicated by financial documents and extenuating circumstances. Even if you have health insurance, you are still eligible for this grant
Valid Health Related Request: The requested equipment or service must be directly related to the child’s autism treatment. See the full list of suggested equipment or services here
We increase accessibility to therapy, treatments, equipment and more
We provide support to children and young adults with autism through financial assistance. From therapies to equipment, we support Washington families by easing some of the financial strain associated with autism.
Ben’s Fund grants are available for up to $1,000 per qualifying child or young adult, per award year.
From equipment to services , we provide grants for up to $1,000 per award year, per child or young adult. A medical professional or special-ed teacher must recommend the specific service/equipment you are requesting and indicate that it will directly assist the child or young adult’s autism treatment.
Grants assist children and young adults in gaining access to *:
*Please contact us to see if your request could be considered.
Items not listed in your referral letter or part of the autism treatment, respite care, autism diagnostic appointments, travel expenses, gift cards, medicine not administered by a physician, , reimbursements for equipment or for past due services that you are no longer receiving.
We do NOT submit payment to applicants. Items will be purchased by Ben’s Fund directly and payment will be issued to the service provider/vendor.
Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant award. It is at the committee’s discretion as to whom and what will be awarded. Decision is based on provided documentation. All decisions are final.
The Ben’s Fund Committee does not discriminate applicants on the basis of his/her race, sex/gender, religion/creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin or other similar factors.
We accept applications year round
You may apply for a grant once a year. You may be awarded a grant 12 months after your last grant anniversary date. Your anniversary date is listed in your award letter
For children, applications must be completed by a parent or legal guardian. You may complete the application with assistance from a service provider with written permission for Ben’s Fund to contact them. For young adults, you or your legal guardian may apply on your behalf
We understand that a number alone does not always reflect financial situation and that autism services can be expensive. We do look at extenuating circumstances and consider each application on a case-by-case basis.
For equipment, no. For services, you may request funds to go towards past due services ONLY if you are continuing those services. You must confirm payment arrangements for that service. If awarded, funds will go directly to the service provider.
Only if you make payment arrangements and they are clearly outlined in your application. If awarded, we will submit payment to vendor only after your portion of the payment is submitted.
Please review your denial letter for specific reasons. You may choose to apply again 12 months from the date of your denial letter.