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Illinois Funding Sources

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

A Special Wish Foundation

Grants wishes of children from birth to the age of 21 and diagnosed as having a life-threatening disorder.

Angel Flight Central

Dedicated to arranging free non-emergency long distance air transportation for children and adults in situations of compelling human need.

The Arc of Illinois Assistive Technology Fund

Fund the purchase of assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities if a qualified evaluator has said the product is needed but Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance will not pay for it. The maximum amount funded will be $500 per person or family.

Autism Hero Program

Medical Insurance Grants cover medical insurance premiums ONLY. Applicants MUST be seeking Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy with a MINIMUM of 12 HOURS weekly.

Autism McLean

Goal to serve the entire spectrum and community of individuals with autism we have set aside stipend money for children, adolescents, and adults in the community to ensure they have the same opportunities for recreational and social activities as their peers. Funding is limited to current members of Autism McLean, living within a 60 mile radius of Towand, IL.

Bear Necessities

Wish Granting organization for 0-19 year old cancer patients. A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer.

Buddy Break

Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break is a free respite opportunity for McHenry County parents of children who have a physical, cognitive, medical or other hidden disability, a chronic or life-threatening illness, or are medically fragile.

Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation

The Tiana Fund program provides assistance to economically at-risk persons or families in-need that will strengthen their ability to care for themselves, enhance their stability and security, and improve their quality of life or their ability to contribute to the community. Applications are only available at Chicago-area hospitals or pre-approved community organizations.

Chicago Autism Network

Dedicated to helping Chicago families find and afford effective autism therapy. Therapy Assistance Grant Program offers financial aid to cover out-of-pocket therapy costs and/or insurance premiums for a full calendar year.

Chicago Autism Project

Offers support for life-changing therapeutic services, such as speech therapy, ABA therapy, through grant and scholarship programs to a child with a current autism diagnosis between 14 years and 5 months old. Must live in Chicago area.

Computer Banc

Provide families, adults, special needs individuals, seniors, and veterans who are At-Risk with computer access at home or school. As a secondary mission, they also provide computers for other not-for-profit agencies and schools.

Core Program

Helps children with a chronic health issue with such needs as therapy, specialized equipment, and transportation related to medical appointments and treatment.

Devices 4 the Disabled

Provides pickup, refurbishing, and delivery of used durable medical equipment to those in need. When the person no longer needs the equipment, it is returned and we redistribute it again.

Dream Factory Inc.

Largest all-volunteer driven children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. Parent must apply through local chapter.

Falling Forward

Supporting patients recovering from catastrophic medical issues after insurance benefits are exhausted, Falling Forward’s grants allow patients to continue their rehabilitation, to recover to their fullest potential, and to move forward in their lives.

Got You Covered

Provides diapers, baby wipes and infant hygiene products to families in need. Located in the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. (618) 922-6355


Grants once in a lifetime Wishes for children aged 3 to 18 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal conditions.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

IATP provides free information and assistance on assistive technology and other related disability and aging topics.

Illinois Elks Children's Care Program

Dedicates itself to helping children and parents cope with medical problems today, including providing services, treatments, and equipment needed to ease a child’s daily burden in coping with a physical problem.

Illinois Respite Coalition

The Emergency Respite Care Program offers funding and resources to support caregivers of children and adults with special needs who are not receiving any respite services and have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source.

Jill's House

Provides respite care for parents of children with disabilities. Jill's House partnered with Camp Covenant Harbor to bring the Weekend Adventure program to the Chicago area!

Lifeline Pilots

FREE transportation for such medical needs as on-going medical treatments, diagnosis and follow-up care.

Make-A-Wish Illinois

Granting wishes of any child 2 1/2 to 18 years old with a life threatening medical condition.

Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities

Provides financial assistance to children challenged physically, developmentally, or cognitively. Assistance available to families in Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Miracle Travel Works

Provides assistance for travel for the purpose of seeking urgent medical treatment for your child, and you reside within the Midwest states.

One Wish Grant

Grants for children with apraxia and in need of therapy, therapeutic tools, certain iPad apps, and summer camp. Open to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Riddick's Ride Foundation

Riddick's Ride Foundation's Lending Garage in Lakemoor, IL is where we offer families of individuals with complex medical needs the opportunity to borrow durable medical equipment as well as medical supplies FREE of charge.

The Butterfly Fund

Helps families whose children (age 0-21 years) have a brain tumor diagnosis and, as a result, have an unmet financial household need, are seeking counseling for a member of the immediate family, or are seeking financial assistance for a child’s funeral or burial expenses. Partnering institute is Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The Kids Equipment Network

Dedicated to connecting children with special needs, from birth to 21 years of age, who have little or no funding, with needed durable adaptive equipment.

Thumbuddy Special

Supplies equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bath chairs, adapted bikes, and ramps and computers. In addition offers scholarships to children to attend local special recreation camps in the summer.

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

Create Life Without Limits for People with Disabilities

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