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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 their child's 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 qualifying child, per award year.

To review eligibility and for instructions on how to apply: click here for the Ben’s Fund Application & Instruction Page.

 Please send all applications to:
FEAT of WA - Attn: Ben's Fund
14434 NE 8th St, Suite #300
Bellevue, WA 98007

Please complete one application per applying child. Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed and awarded monthly throughout the year. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Ben's Fund Review Committee. While we endeavor to process each request as quickly as possible, timing may vary due to incomplete application submissions, committee scheduling, award approvals and number of items requested. Please allow for 60 days turn around time from the date we receive your completed application. Funds must be used within one year of award date. 

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
  • Transition programs and One-on-one aides
  • Electronic communication equipment, tablets, apps and covers
  • Weighted blankets and pressure clothing
  • GPS devices and personal tracking devices
  • Sound machines and listening systems
  • Summer camps and specialty schools
  • Anesthesia for dental services
  • Social groups
  • Service dogs & training
  • Adaptive equipment: car-seats, strollers, feeding-chairs
  • Specialty bikes and peddles
  • Home security systems and fences
  • Adult diapers and personal hygiene items
  • Outdoor equipment: playgrounds and trampolines
  • Professional Advocacy for IEP support
  • Indoor therapy equipment: swings, pressure machines, rollers and crash mats
  • Sensory and fine motor assistance equipment, chews and fidget toys
  • 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 by Ben's Fund: 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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Where is Ben's Fund?

While Ben's Fund is headquartered in Bellevue, we serve families across the state of Washington. From Blaine to Vancouver to Spokane, Ben's Fund has a truly statewide reach! Click the image below to view an interactive map of where Ben's Fund has awarded grants so far. We want to see every town in Washington represented! 

How Ben's Fund came to be: 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.

 

Traci & John Schneider  

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Questions? Contact:

Mary Carlton
Phone | 425-502-6035  Email | bensfund@featwa.org

**Ben's Fund is grateful to all of our generous donors! If you are solicited for a donation to Ben's Fund or a Ben's Fund fundraiser, please contact us first to verify that the request is valid.**

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 Doctor or therapist and is not specific to your child’s autism treatment, the item/service will not be covered. The Ben’s Fund Committee meets 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 children 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 required accompanying documentation at time of application submission.Thank you.

Page last updated October 2017

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