• Additional Funding Sources

    Sometimes individual needs may be met through funding from private companies, grants and foundations. They each have their own eligibility requirements that may be tied to income or medical need.

    The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides information to help families and healthcare providers identify sources of financial assistance.

    • Aubrey Rose Foundation awards grants to eligible families to help pay outstanding medical bills that are not covered by insurance. 
    • Benefits.gov connects users to federal, state and local government benefits and assistance programs. Users can find programs organized by state, by subject, or by answering a detailed online questionnaire. Comprehensive eligibility and agency contact information is provided. 
    • Challenged Athletes Foundation provides grants for adaptive sports equipment for children and adults with physical disabilities, including amputations.    
    • Disability.gov is a comprehensive web site for assistance programs and disability-related resources available on federal, state and local levels.
    • Families USA has information on public and private sources of health insurance.
    • First Hand Foundation provides grants for eligible children whose clinical, health care needs are not adequately covered by insurance and state aid. They can assist with treatment, equipment, displacement and vehicle modifications. The child must be 18 years of age or younger (a child 18 – 21 can be considered if under the care of a pediatrician and in a child-like state) and the family must meet financial guidelines.
    • For Kids Foundation provides financial aid to children in Nevada and Northern California, with medical, dental, mental health, or educational needs for which other resources are insufficient. They serve as a safety net for children who have “fallen through the cracks” of existing agencies and charitable organizations.  
    • Healthcare Blue Book is an online consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services. 
    • Hear Now Program, a division of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, offers assistance in acquiring hearing aids to those with limited financial resources.  
    • Jordan Light Foundation provides awareness, support and funding for families with a financial medical crisis. They also have information on other opportunities for funding. 
    • Modest Needs has grant funding opportunities for financial assistance.
    • Moyer Foundation offers encouragement, comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress and provides opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability and quality of life. They support programs that directly serve critical needs of children in severe distress.
    • United Healthcare Children's Foundation offers assistance grants for children's medical services not fully covered by health insurance.
    • United Way of Cincinnati Information and Referral Services line at 211 (Ohio 513-721-7900 and Kentucky at 859-525-2600) provides referrals to county-based utility assistance programs, as well as numerous other programs.
    • The Wheelchair Foundation is an international nonprofit organization that assists children and adults with financial needs obtain wheelchairs.

    See Assistive Technology for additional funding sources for iPads.

    • Building Blocks for Kids has the goal of improving the well-being and quality of life for children whose parents cannot financially meet a particular medical need. Needs can range from a hearing aid to a wheelchair to life-saving surgery. Applications are available online.
    • Cincy Kids 4 Kids is a local group of concerned kids and their families working together to raise money to help local children who are going through a rough time, emotionally, physically or financially.
    • Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is the oldest center for independent living in Ohio serving individuals with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky. They can assist with affordable, accessible housing, emergency shelter, provide help for the homeless, independent living skills and personal assistance. 
    • Dater Foundation makes grants to private, non-profit organizations and public agencies in the Cincinnati area for their programs and projects that benefit children in healthcare and related areas.

    • Directory of Community Resources in Ohio has been developed by CareStar.

    • New Chance Foundation helps children with disabilities in the Cincinnati area live more independent lives by increasing mobility, creating access at home, and improving activities of daily living. They will assist with funding when insurance does not cover the cost of equipment/home modifications and the parents are experiencing financial hardships.
    • Red Treehouse, a program of Ohio Family and Children First and the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, has links to information and organizations in Ohio.
    • St. Vincent DePaul has a comprehensive community resource guide for the Cincinnati area.
    • Special Kids Therapy provides funding assistance to Ohio children for alternative therapies that are not covered by insurance. They will also assist eligible families with the purchase of special medical equipment such as wheelchairs, communication devices and auditory equipment.

    • United Way of Cincinnati Information and Referral Services line at 211 (Ohio 513-721-7900 and Kentucky at 859-525-2600) provides referrals to county-based utility assistance programs, as well as numerous other programs.

    • Brighton Center, located in Newport, Kentucky, wraps a community of support around individuals and families by tackling the issues that prevent people from becoming self-sufficient, removing the barriers they face. They provide a wide range of programs and services which include meeting basic needs, adult and early childhood education, workforce development, substance abuse recovery for women, affordable housing, financial education and counseling, youth services, and neighborhood based programs.