Priorities & Eligibility

In compliance with privacy requirements the Foundation cannot communicate directly with family members, legal guardians, or caregivers. Applications (and any questions) must be submitted by the provider of care. Providers should not use their client’s first and/or last name in any communication and should only refer to their client using their initials if needed.

Grantmaking Priorities & Eligibility

Avery-Fuller-Welch Children’s Foundation provides grants that allow low-income families with children in need of supportive, remedial therapy to have access to those professional services.

Grants are made for:

  • Speech Therapy (including devices, such as hearing aids)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Remedial Education
  • Physical and/or Occupational Therapy (including devices that help mobility and functionality)

Note: The foundation’s focus is on providing grants for treatment/therapy. The foundation will consider payment of assessments for up to $2,500 on a case by case basis, only when it is part of a grant for comprehensive treatment.

The foundation provides grants in the range of $3,000-$10,000, with an average of $6,000.

Grants are paid to:

The service provider/practitioner administering restorative therapy for children (21 years of age or younger) diagnosed with a remedial disability, from low-income families.

Grant selection is based upon:

  • Evidence of a strong motivation in the child, the therapist, and the family. In partnership with the Foundation, the therapist is required to provide a discount on services for the child. Families are encouraged to contribute to the cost if possible.
  • Favorable prognosis for achieving independent functioning or significant progress towards the goals set forth within the date parameters of the grant period.
  • Inability to pay or obtain full support elsewhere.

Grants are limited to services provided to residents of the following Bay Area counties:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo

In addition to its regular grantmaking, the Foundation will consider applications for the David and Ruth Wisnom Grant.

Grant & Application Guidelines


• Applications must be submitted by the provider of care only.
• Grant proposals submitted by parents or caregivers will not be accepted.
• Applications are accepted only within the posted due dates.
• Grant proposals are accepted only from service providers that are current with reporting requirements (see reporting below).
• Proposals for long-term treatment of chronic, acute conditions are not typically funded. However, if a specific goal can be met within one year to improve the candidate’s functioning or quality of life, a grant will be considered.

Grant Terms and Reporting

• Awards are made for up to one year. Renewals are considered under special circumstances for up to one additional year.
• Reports are due on the date cited in the grant agreement letter and based on the treatment timeline proposed in the application. If the date of treatment completion changes, please contact the foundation to request an extended grant report due date.


• Privacy requirements only allow the foundation to communicate with the provider of care/services, and not with the client or family of the client.

Not Funded:

• Dental, orthodontia, eye glasses or routine eye-care
• Annual appeals, capital requests, conferences, events