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Ben’s Fund Autism Grant

The Ben's Fund Mission is to provide grant opportunities to families across Washington state who need financial assistance with requests related specifically to autism spectrum disorder treatments. From therapies to equipment, we support our local families by easing some of the financial strain associated with autism. Ben's Fund grants are available for up to $1,000.00 per child, per year.  

To review eligibility and/or apply: click here for the Ben’s Fund Application & Instruction Page. Please complete one application per applying child.  Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed and awarded monthly throughout the year. Only completed applications can be reviewed. While we endeavor to process each request as quickly as possible, timing may vary due to incomplete application submissions, committee scheduling and award approvals. Please allow for 60 days turn around time from the time we receive your  your completed application, including all requested supporting documentation. 

Here is a list of just some of the autism services and equipment families have received a Ben's Fund Grant for:

  • Center and home based therapies including: Occupational, Speech, ABA and psychotherapy.
  • Ongoing assessments and educational testing
  • Electronic communication equipment, tablets, apps and covers
  • Weighted blankets and pressure clothing
  • GPS devices and personal tracking devices
  • Sound and listening systems
  • Summer camps and schools
  • Anesthesia for dental services
  • Social groups
  • Service dogs
  • Specialty bikes
  • Home security systems and fences
  • Adult diapers and personal hygiene items
  • Travel time for therapists
  • Playgrounds and outdoor equipment
  • Professional Advocacy for IEP support
  • Therapy swings, trampolines, pressure machines and rollers
  • Sensory and fine motor assistance equipment
  • Music, dance, aquatic, art and hippotherapy.

If you are applying for multiple therapeutic equipment items, please limit vendors to as few as possible. All requested equipment must be available through online purchase to be eligible. Items not covered: respite care, personal travel expenses, initial autism diagnostic appointments, previously purchased equipment. Also not covered: medication not administered by a physician or any item not directly related to the child’s autism treatment.

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Ben’s Fund was established in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks Women's Association and Traci and John Schneider, and named in honor of their son Ben, who has autism. The intent of establishing Ben’s Fund at FEAT of Washington is twofold:  to not only provide grants to families to help them obtain services for their children on the spectrum, but also to connect families to FEAT so they will be established in a larger community to receive ongoing guidance and assistance as they continue their journey with autism.

"Thank you for your support to this amazing organization and very worthwhile cause.

Your support will directly help these children with autism in our community! We truly appreciate your support!”

 Traci and John Schneider

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 Contact Information – please contact FEAT of WA – Family Services Program Director:  Julia Rule at 425.223.5126

 julia.rule@featwa.org

Please note, this is a family grant and must be completed by the requesting family. If your request can not be supported by a referral letter from a Dr or therapist and is not specific to your child’s autism treatment, the item/service will not be covered. The Ben’s Fund Committee aims to meet monthly to approve applications. Once a *complete application is received, the process from time received to grant outcome can take up to 60 days. It is at the committee’s discretion as to whom and what will be awarded, decision is based on information and requested documentation which is provided by applicant with application. All applications are reviewed case-by-case and are awarded by the Ben’s Fund Committee. All decisions are final.

Ben’s Fund has awarded a number of Foster Kids over the years and requirements are slightly different. We ask that foster parents please share in the family story that this is a foster child applicant. We also ask for a copy of the child’s DSHS – Consent for Medical Treatment document as confirmation that the child is a legal dependent and voids the need for a 1040.

*Complete application – Please refer to the instruction page and submit all additional accompanying documentation at time of application submission.Thank you.

Page last updated July 2015