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Joey’s Fund | Hope Fund

Apply for Family Support Grant

Joey’s Fund | Hope Fund is a grant that provides direct financial support to people with autism. Our mission is rooted in helping families, as both Joey’s Fund and Hope Fund were created by families to honor their loved ones with autism and to give back to others. Our flagship grant provides critical financial assistance to families in need, helping to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with caring for individuals with autism. 

The application for 2023 is currently closed. To apply in 2024, stay tuned.

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Joey’s Fund | Hope Fund
Grant Timeline 

  • Application opens: February 9, 2023 – March 9, 2023
  • Review period: March 2023
  • Announcement: End of April 2023

About Joey’s Fund | Hope Fund Grant

At Joey’s Fund | Hope Fund, we believe that every family deserves meaningful and practical support in caring for their loved ones with autism. That’s why we offer a flagship direct financial support grant that connects deserving families with the resources they need to enhance their lives. We understand that every individual with autism has unique needs, and our grant addresses a wide range of challenges and needs like: 

  • Recreational programs
  • Art classes
  • Books and educational videos
  • Computer software
  • Therapies 
  • Camp tuition 
  • Safety-related items
  • Social skill training 
  • Advocacy

For inquiries or special requests, please contact us here

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About Joey Gay and Joey’s Fund

When the Gay Family wanted to start a fund to honor their daughter, Josephine, who was tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, they came to us. The Gay Family, just as the Flutie Family, knew that they were just one of many families affected by autism and had seen firsthand the difference the right resources can make.  

Today, Joey’s Fund serves as a crucial funding bridge for autism families who are advocating, promoting, supporting and seeking out opportunities for their loved ones.  Since its inception, 193 families have received over $375,000 in financial support, making their journey just a little bit easier.  

About Spectrum for Hope Fund

The Anastasi family

Meet the Anastasi Family. Mike and Sandra have three children, one typically developing child, Sara, and two with special needs – Jenna and Michael. Jenna is diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, the most physically disabling of the Autism Spectrum disorders. Michael is diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. The impact of their children’s diagnoses were initially devastating to the Anastasis. Raising a family is challenging for anyone, but for a family with multiple children with special needs, challenging is an understatement. 

The Anastasi’s created a non-profit foundation called Spectrum For Hope (SFH), supporting families of multiple children with special needs. In their work, they realized there were many other families sharing a similar journey. In just two years, the Foundation gave a total of $125,000 to 88 families for access to therapy, technology, respite and leisure and more.