Frequently Asked Questions

Due to extenuating circumstances as a result of COVID-19, The Orange Effect Foundation will not be reviewing applications in June of 2020. All applications will be postponed until September 2020.

Application Process

How do I apply?

The grant application is available on our website, Mail the application and all required materials to the address below. Emailed applications are not accepted.

The Orange Effect Foundation, 17040 Amber Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111

What is the deadline to apply for a grant?

Applications are accepted at any time. However, deadline dates for quarterly review are February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline date. Applications received after a deadline will be held for consideration in the next grant cycle.

May I apply for more than one child?

Yes. You may apply for more than one child but a separate grant application must be submitted for each.

How frequently may I apply?

You may apply once each calendar year.  

When will I find out if I have been awarded a grant?

The board meets quarterly to review grant applications. You will receive notification of their decision within 40 days of the quarterly application deadline.

If my grant application is denied may I reapply?

You may apply only once per calendar year. However, you are welcome to reapply if there has been a change in diagnosis.

Who and What We Fund

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

Children and young adults up to age 21 who live in the United States are eligible to receive a grant.

Are grants awarded based on financial need?

Yes. However, we do consider extenuating circumstances. We prefer to be the funder of last resort.

May I use a grant award for therapy that has already been received or for assistive technology that has already been purchased?

No. All grants must be used for future therapy sessions and technology purchases.

Do you fund speech camp?

Yes. We fund one week of speech camp per year.

Do you fund more than one speech therapy session per week?

No. We fund only one speech therapy session per week.

Do you award grants to pay for insurance deductibles?


My therapist is not certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). May I apply for a grant?

No. You must use an ASHA-certified therapist to be eligible for consideration.

Grant Award Distribution

How is the grant award paid once the grant is received?

Awarded funds are paid directly to the therapy provider or the device manufacturer upon receipt of invoice. We only pay for therapy that a child attends.

How long do I have to use funds once a grant is awarded?

Grants must be used within 12 months from the date of award notification.

Is there a limit to the number of grants a child can receive from the Orange Effect Foundation?

There is a two grant cap on the number of grants an individual may receive.

Are grants renewable?

No. Grants cannot be renewed. A separate application must be submitted for each grant request.

How You Can Help  

How can I support the Orange Effect Foundation?

Great question! You may make a direct donation on the foundation’s website,  You may also select the Orange Effect Foundation as your charity of choice on We deploy funds directly to the care provider so you know that your dollars fund the need directly. Anything you can do will make a difference. We appreciate all contributions, large and small. Thank you!

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations are tax-deductible.