Autism Family Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much money can I request?
A: The maximum amount we can award per family, at this time is a one-time grant of $ 500.
Q: How do I apply for assistance from the Autism Family Resources ?
A: You must complete and submit an APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE, along with supporting documents. More information on receiving an application is below.
Q: Are grant funds paid directly to families?
A: At no time are funds sent directly to families. All funds awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for therapy equipment, safety equipment or services.
Q: I've sent my application in. How long until I know if my application has been approved?
A: Once we have received all components of the application (completed application form, doctor's letter, and tax returns, if applicable), your application will be reviewed by the AFR staff within 3-4 weeks. The number of grants awarded per month with be based on funding available. No awards will exceed $500 per family at this time.
Q: I have health insurance. Can I still apply for assistance?
Q: Is there a maximum income limit?
A: Yes, your annual income cannot exceed $50,000.
Q: I'm not sure if this request falls within the grant guidelines. Should I still send in an application?
A: If your request is for something other than therapy equipment, safety equipment or respite it does not fall within the Autism Family Resources grant guidelines.
However you may also be interested in the Helping Hand Program, sponsored by the National Autism Association if your request is for biomedical treatments, supplements or therapies for your child with autism. You can find their site at
Q: We have so many medical bills, we're having trouble paying the rent/electric /water/telephone bills. Can AFR help us?
A: The guidelines of this grant do not allow payment for anything other than therapy equipment, safety equipment or respite for special needs families.
However, you may be interested in looking at .They are a non-profit organization that grants funding for daily living expenses in emergency situation.
Q: How do we receive an APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE?
A: Email your request for an application along with your name, address, phone number and email address to us at . We will email the application file back to you, in the form of an Wordperfect attachment. If you need another format please let us know which one in your email.