About our Grants
SSIS understands that children are unique and so are the services/treatments needed to improve their communication. Grants are considered for children and/or charitable organizations that need funding to improved communication skills.
In addition to the Grant Guidelines and Application Process below,
please click here for some Frequently Asked Questions about our grants.
Grant Guidelines for Individuals and Organizations
- Grants are awarded to individuals from birth up to the age of 22 years.
- Grants are awarded to children who are legal U.S. Citizens.
- Grants are awarded to children living within the 50 United States of America.
- If applying for private speech therapy, the therapy provider and therapist must be notified that the grant is being applied for.
- The services/treatments requested cannot be received before the grant is awarded.
- If the person nominating the applicant is not the parent or legal guardian, the parent or legal guardian must be notified by the person nominating the applicant.
- If the applicant has received a grant from SSIS, there is a one-year waiting period to reapply for a grant. This waiting period begins at the end of the existing contract.
- An applicant who has applied and been denied, may apply for a grant one time per calendar year unless they can provide proof that the need (financial, medical, developmental, etc) has changed.
- If applying for a grant to be used towards private speech therapy, the speech language pathologists must be licensed within the United States of America.
- If applying for a grant to be used toward an assistive technology device, a formal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluation from a qualified service provider must be included stating that different pieces of technology have been trialed and what you are requesting is the best fit for a means of communication. SSIS will not award grants for iPads; however we do award grants for iPad software applications.
- Applications are reviewed and distributed on a quarterly basis by the Board of Directors.
- The next application deadline date is June 7, 2013. Applications must be received via emial or fax before 5:00 p.m. (EST). Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 7, 2013.
- All supporting documents must be included with the application in order for the application to be considered complete and reviewed. If any of the required documents have not been submitted, the application will be considered incomplete.
- If your application requires additional documents, you will be notified in writing or by phone call. You will have 30 days to supply SSIS with the necessary documents or the application will be considered incomplete and denied.
- The application must request a specific need in regards to a communication delay/disorder. If the request or need changes, the Board can withdraw the current application before its review and the applicant can re-apply.
- For Therapy Providers: no more than four grant recipients per individual therapy provider will be granted within one calendar year.
- Notification letters are sent to the person applying for the grant within 60 days after the application deadline date.
- Grant funds are dispersed to professional service providers on behalf of the awarded child/organization.
If you would like to apply for a grant from Small Steps in Speech, please download and complete the attached application.
Completed applications may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Small Steps in Speech.
Mail: Small Steps in Speech, Attn: Service Committee, P.O. Box 65, Eagleville, PA 19408
Software required to view and complete Application: To view the application, you will need Adobe Acrobat which can be downloaded at http://www.adobe.com