The Family Support Grant (FSG) program provides state cash grants to families of children with certified disabilities. The goal is to prevent or delay out-of-home placement of children with disabilities and promote family health and social well-being by providing access to family-centered services and supports.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, families with an annual adjusted gross income of $98,564 or less are eligible for the FSG except in cases where extreme hardship is demonstrated. Considerations may include size of the family, presence of a disability in other family members and substantial debt due to the child's disability.
Children receiving home and community-based support services under the Brain Injury, Community Alternative Care, Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals or Developmental Disabilities waiver are not eligible to receive FSG at the same time.
FSG funds may be issued to families by counties in the form of cash, voucher or direct payment to a vendor. Grants may be awarded on a one-time or on-going basis.
The amount of the grant is based on individual needs. Grants may not exceed $2,936 per calendar year for each eligible child. Grants may be awarded on a one-time or on-going basis.
The grants offset the higher than average expenses directly related to a child's disability. It may not be used for purchases covered by other funding sources, such as private insurance and Medical Assistance.
Read the Family Support Grant Program fact sheet (PDF) for more information.
Contact your local county agency or tribe (PDF) if you have questions or would like to apply.