The AIM2Help Grant Program

was established in 2010 in an effort to offset some of the financial constraints a family incurs while also being beneficial to the individual with autism.   

2020 Grant Focus

As we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, AIM has shifted its focus for this year's AIM2Help Grant Program to sensory items, therapeutic items, and educational materials. We understand that this is a stressful time for the families we serve as routines are changing, days look different than what we are used to, school and some therapies are now taking place at home all of which can cause anxiety and/or behavior concerns. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections leading to an increase in a person's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. It also supports cognitive growth, gross and fine motor skills, language development, and problem-solving skills. 

In order to qualify for a grant the applicant must:

  • Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder 
  • Reside in Benton or Washington County (AR)
  • Not be on the Medicaid Waiver Program
  • Provide a recommendation letter from a member of their Care Team. 

Recommendation Letter

Your recommendation letter MUST come from a member of the applicant's Care Team, Therapist, Educator, Doctor, or Direct Service Provider who is CURRENTLY working with the applicant. If an applicant is a homeschool student the recommendation letter CANNOT come from the parent as a teacher. 

Your recommendation letter MUST:

  • Include an Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder diagnosis
  • Define the need of the applicant and list the benefits of requested item(s) as they relate to the applicant
  • The provider's Name, Credentials, and place of employment. We understand that a physical signature may not be possible at this time giving the current circumstances, it is preferred that the recommendation letter be on company, clinic or school letterhead. 

Grant Amounts

Maximum grant is $250.00, INCLUDING shipping/handling and taxes.
Please note, it is at the discretion of the AIM2Help Grant Committee to approve or deny each application and amounts requested are not guaranteed. 

Examples of possible uses for grant funds

Sensory  Items such as a crash pad, sensory canoe, indoor or outdoor trampoline, body sock, quiet tent, swing, etc. 

Manipulative Items such as fidget toys

Therapy Items such as Pecs, Chewy Tubes, Activity Board, etc. 

Educational Materials such as flash cards, work books, task box items, etc. 

This is not an exhausted list, simply suggestions. 

Grants will not be approved for 

School Tuition 


Camp Fees

Lessons for Horse riding, swimming, music, dance, etc as a large percentage of these facilities are not operational at this time. 

Application Process/Instructions

  • Complete application below in its entirety. Partial/incomplete applications will not be considered and the AIM2Help Committee will NOT contact applicant for additional information. 
  • Recommendation letter MUST be uploaded with your application, the AIM2Help Committee will NOT accept letters via, email, mail, text, etc. 
  • Requested item(s)/materials MUST be listed on the application and accompanied by website links. 
  • Please keep in mind that grants RANGE UP TO $250.00 and the full $250.00 might not be approved. The total amount approved will include, shipping/handling costs, taxes, and any other applicable fees. 

Applications will close on May 16th.