Grant Guidelines for Individuals

  • 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 living in the US.
  • If applying for private speech therapy, the therapy provider and therapist must be notified that the grant is being applied for.
  • 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.
  • As of August 1, 2014, we will not accept applications for ABA therapy.
  • Grants are awarded for future therapies and will not be available to reimburse individuals for previous expenditures.
  • 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 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.

Application Process

  • Applications are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis by the Board of Directors.
  • Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.   Applications must be received via email or fax before 5:00 p.m. (EST) on the deadline day.  Mailed applications must be postmarked by the deadline date.
  • 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 and will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • Notification is 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 in accordance with the contract requirements.

If you would like to apply for a grant from Small Steps in Speech, please download and complete the attached application.

PDF Application For Individuals

The PDF is best viewed using the free software program Adobe Reader.

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
Fax: 1-856-632-7741