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Autism Society - The Heartland's COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide direct financial assistance to individuals and families for groceries, essential household supplies, activities, and/or caregiver self-care opportunities. You MUST be a current member of Autism Society - The Heartland to receive assistance through this program. During these difficult and uncertain times, we believe more than ever that our mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism remains critical to our community. Please complete the form below to apply for funds through this new program. If you have any questions, please call our office at 913-706-0042 or email us at ashofficeasst@gmail.com.

Relief Fund

We are excited to launch our new COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist individuals and families with groceries, essential household supplies, activities, and/or self-care opportunities. Through this financial assistance program, individuals with autism and their caregiver(s) will be eligible to receive one of the following:

  • Up to $100 for essential items & groceries (15 available)
  • Up to $50 for activities and/or entertainment for an individual with autism OR up to $50 for caregiver self-care opportunities (10 available)
More detailed information about eligible items and activities is outlined below:
 
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Eligibility

Adults with autism and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) who are the primary caregiver of an individual with autism are eligible for this program. An application can be submitted for each individual on the spectrum within a household. The household must reside in Kansas or Missouri. Funds will ONLY be granted to Autism Society - The Heartland members. If you are unsure if you are a 2020 ASH Member, please contact our office by calling 913-706-0042 or email ashofficeasst@gmail.com. Partial grants could be awarded.

Application

To apply for this program, please complete this application.  

Our board of directors will begin reviewing applications on May 7, 2020. The number of applications awarded will be based on the number received and the amount of funds available. Applicants will receive a notification regarding the outcome of their funding request once a decision has been made. If awarded, gift cards and/or items will be distributed within a week of notification.

If you need assistance completing your application and/or have any questions, please contact our office by calling 913-706-0042 or email ashofficeasst@gmail.com

We are proud to be here as a support and resource for you and your family during this time!


Applicants for funding through this program may be receiving other federal, state or local benefits and services. Since financial eligibility for programs varies greatly, funding paid directly to the individual or to a representative on the individual’s behalf may be counted as “unearned income” and could impact program eligibility. In order to ensure that recipients of this scholarship fund do not jeopardize other benefits or services they may be receiving, it may be advisable for supports or services to be paid directly to the vendor providing social/recreational services. Money distributed as a vendor payment will not be considered income since the payment goes to the vendor. It is up to the individual to confirm this with any other program through which they may be receiving support.