Potential Funding Sources for Families
The following presents grants available for speech therapy. We have a current patient who received thousands of dollars in grants for speech and occupational therapy by utilizing some of these available resources. Interested parties should go to the respective websites and view the qualification requirements and application procedures. In one case, Language Essentials would have to submit the application for the family.
1. UNITED HEALTHCARE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION (UHCF) (www.uhccf.org/)
a. The amount of the grant is determined on a case by case basis. United Healthcare Children's Foundation gives grants in varying amounts up to $5,000 per child each year. Parents can apply for speech therapy grants each year. There is a lifetime limit of $7,500 per child.
b. Children 16 and under can qualify for a grant. According to the United Healthcare Children's Foundation's website the "applicant must be covered by a commercial health benefit plan." The costs of the services needed must not be covered by that health plan or the co-pay must be shown to be a financial hardship to the family. Other restrictions are that the speech services be deemed necessary and beneficial to the child and that the child be seen by a professional speech therapist.
c. Applications are available at the UHCF's website. After viewing a short video about United Healthcare Children's Foundation's grant criteria and process the UHCF website takes the viewer to a list of questions that pre-screens potential applicants. Parents that meet the criteria for applying for a grant will then be sent to their online application. Information that will be asked for in the application includes the child's medical diagnosis and recommended treatment, personal financial documents, and health care coverage information for the speech therapy.
d. Any grant money award will go directly to the speech therapist for services. If the family would like reimbursement for services that have already been paid for they can submit receipts for those services.
2. SMALL STEPS IN SPEECH (www.smallstepsinspeech.org)
a. An applicant may only apply for a grant once a calendar year unless they can provide proof that the need (financial, medical, developmental, etc) has changed.
b. Applications are reviewed and distributed on a quarterly basis by the board of directors. Application deadlines are as follows: December 20th, March 20th, June 20th, and September 20th. If additional information is needed to complete the application, it could delay the application review by the Board.
c. When appropriate, awarded grants are sent to third party professional service providers after completion of a contract for services on behalf of the child/organization.
d. No more than four grants per individual therapy provider will be dispersed within one calendar year.
e. Grants are awarded to individuals from birth up to the age of 22 years. The services/treatments requested cannot be received before the grant is awarded. The application must request a specific need in regards to a communication delay/disorder.
3. AVERY-FULLER-WELCH CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION (www.pfs-llc.net/afw/index.html)
a. The mission of the Avery-Fuller-Welch Children’s Foundation is to provide grant funding for early intervention and professional guidance to children with physical, behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges.
b. All applications must be submitted by the service provider on behalf of a single child and all grants are paid directly to said provider.
c. Grants are limited to services provided to residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
d. Applications submitted directly by a child's parents or caregivers are not accepted.
e. Requires evidence of a strong motivation in the child, the therapist, and the family. Must show favorable prognosis for achieving independent functioning or significant progress towards the goals set forth within the date parameters of the grant period.
f. Family must show inability to pay or obtain full support elsewhere.