Family and Children’s Services


Arc of the Chesapeake

Our agency applies for grants throughout the fiscal year to obtain funding for families who have a child with a developmental or intellectual disability.  Our grants typically run through the fiscal year, but sometimes receive funding at other points in the year, so we encourage families to apply, no matter what time of the year!

Please fill out the application(s) below and either email or snail mail it back to us by the date specified.

  • The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Family Fund:  Funds will be administered on a rolling basis, so apply today.  This money will be used to help families with children with disabilities under the age of 21, who request assistance with covering the costs of therapy, equipment, respite, camps and more.

We encourage families to apply, Click here.

Educational Advocacy

This advocacy program provides assistance to families who have questions and concerns about special education. We help you navigate the system, create and update person education plans (IEPs), direct you to resources and work with the school system to make positive changes.

Apply for assistance here.

Transition Series

The Life Transition Series is comprised of seven workshops designed to provide families of students with disabilities who are transitioning from school to adult services, with valuable information and resources to facilitate a successful transition.

Each session will focus on a specific topic providing information that is crucial for preparing to enter adult life.

Click here for more information. 

Special Appeal

Our holiday appeal supports the Family Fund Grant directly.  Click here for more information.


Please see our events that directly support the Family Fund.

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region Family and Children’s Resource Guide

Please select your county to view the respective resource guide.

FAQ’s for Family Fund

1.    What are the eligibility requirements?

Your family member with a disability must be under the age of 21 and must live in one of the counties where The Arc Central Chesapeake Region provides services (Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico, and Worcester).

You do not have to be a member of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, but members will receive preferred consideration.

The family member may not be receiving services funded through Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or LISS (Low Intensity Support Services) for the requested funding.

2.    How do I become a member of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region and what are the benefits?

Click Here to become a member.

Benefits include preferred consideration for funding from The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Family Fund, access to educational resources, and discounted tickets to The Arc Central Chesapeake Region events.

3.    How do I apply to the Family Fund?

Click Here to access the application. Completed applications must be sent via email to, along with any necessary documentation.

4.    Are there documents I need to submit along with my application?

You must submit a quote or invoice from the vendor.

5. How will funds be distributed?

Funds will be distributed directly to parent or legal guardian.

6.    What can the funds be used for?

Funds can be requested for items and services including, but not limited to camps, equipment, therapy, and respite care.

7.    Is there an income requirement?

There are no income requirements.

8.    When can I expect to hear a decision on my application?

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear notification of a decision 7-10 business days after submitting your application and documents. You will be notified via email of a decision.

9.    What is an Follow-up letter and do I need to submit one?

An a follow-up letter is a one page letter from you or the vendor describing how the funding was used, how it benefited your child and family, and what the experience was like with The Family Fund program. A follow-up letter must be submitted within 3 months of awarded funding.

10.  Is there a deadline to spend the funding I am awarded?

Reimbursements or payments to the vendor must be deposited by June 30, 2019. The activity can take place at anytime