Scholarship Fund – New England & New York State

Scholarship Fund – New England & New York State is CLOSED for 2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation, if you are in a crisis situation where a cash grant could help, please email suzanne.tompkins@aane.org for consideration.

 

 

The Daniel Braun Memorial Camp and Recreation Activities Scholarship Fund

Many individuals with autism could benefit greatly from services and programs that cause significant financial expense for the average family or individual adult. Thanks to the generous support of the Daniel Braun Memorial Camp and Recreational Activities Scholarship Fund, AANE is pleased to provide financial assistance for a limited number of families who need help paying for these services.

The Daniel Braun Memorial Camp and Recreation Activities Scholarship Fund assists individuals with Asperger’s and similar autism profiles, who wish to participate in enriching and fulfilling recreational activities. Sleep away-camp was instrumental in enabling Daniel to achieve an independent and fulfilling life. Daniel also loved to go to plays and museums with some wonderful organizations that serve the autism community. These activities brightened his life and made him a more outgoing social person. Through AANE, we would like to provide some assistance with the high costs of recreational activities and enable more individuals to have these valuable experiences.

To apply for this program, please complete the online application and be sure to send in the required supporting documents.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

You must meet all the following criteria to apply for a family grant:
  • Location: The individual must live in AANE’s service area: New England and New York State
  • Diagnosis: The individual must have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or a related Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Financial Need: This grant is specifically for low and moderate income families/individuals. Determination of financial need will be at the discretion of AANE and will be based both on family/individuals income and composition. Priority will be given to families/individuals with an income at or under $44,100 (for a family of four). Grants will be limited to the available funds in the scholarship.

Scholoarship amounts

Grants will range from $75.00 - $1,500.00

What you can ask for

You may apply to use the money for specific programs and activities that relate to the social and recreational needs of an individual with Asperger Syndrome or related diagnosis. Examples of possible uses of grant money:
  • Summer Camp
  • Group Day Trips
  • Group Travel Programs
  • Group Social Events
  • Group Fitness Programs
  • Creative Arts Programs

Application Process

To be considered for funds, please supply all of the paperwork listed below. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. We cannot process your application until we have received all the necessary documentation. Feel free to explain any unusual or special circumstances regarding your need that may not be evident by completing the application. Step 1: Complete the application. Step 2: Provide documentation of family/individual income.
  • If you are required to file a tax return, please supply the first page of your most current completed tax return.
  • If you are not required to file a tax return, please supply alternative documentation, such as unemployment income, SSI or transitional assistance.
Step 3: Provide current documentation of diagnosis*
  • Summary page from a report of neuropsychological testing (or, if unavailable, substitute psycho-educational testing by a school psychologist) and/or
  • Individualized Education Plan- Student Strengths and Key Evaluation Results Summary page
  • Documentation must be within the last 5 years.
*Proof of diagnosis may not be required if participation in the program is limited to individuals on the autism spectrum. When all the paperwork is received, it will be reviewed by the AANE Family Grants Administrator (Suzanne.Tompkins@aane.org). If funds are available, the Family Grants Administrator will notify approved applicants and the AANE Business Manager will issue a check to the family/individual or to the service provider indicated on the application. If applicant wants to change the use of funds after acceptance, you MUST contact the AANE Family Grants Administrator in advance to obtain approval. If an application is rejected, the applicant will receive notification of the reason for the rejection. In that case, families/individuals should feel free to reapply if their circumstances change such that they meet the eligibility requirements listed above.    

Proof of service or purchase of goods

Families/individuals receiving money MUST send receipts or other proof of purchase for the agreed upon goods or services to AANE. This grant will be audited by a CPA and we must have proper documentation! You will be considered for a future grant only if we have received your receipts.

Questions?

Please feel free to call Suzanne Tompkins, the AANE Family Grants Administrator, at 617 393-3824 x41 if you have any questions regarding the application process. We look forward to hearing from you.