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Community Support Grants Program


 Most Disabled Individuals Live at Home

 They are Cared for by Family Members

New Trier Township's Community Support Grants program provides financial assistance to its residents (not to exceed $1,500 per person/per fiscal year) that helps in meeting some of the special service needs and unusual expenses related to caring for a person with a disability. There are no age or income restrictions.

The Community Support Grants application deadline for fiscal 2018-19 will be announced later this year. Please check back, or phone Jeanne Winsted Rosser at (847)446-8201 to learn more.


Who Is Eligible?

Individuals, children or adults, with the following disabilities are eligible:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders – A disability with disturbances in social interactions, communication, imaginative activity, and activities and interests.
  • Developmental and/or Cognitive Delay – A developmental disability, which impairs adaptive behavior and daily functioning in varying degrees.
  • Physical Impairments - An AVM rupture, epilepsy or other seizure disorders, hearing impairments, MI (heart), paralysis, TIA (stroke), and/or visual impairments.
  • Multiple Impairments – (1) A developmental disability, which constitutes a substantial disability attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or a similar condition, and is expected to continue indefinitely. (2) Multiple disabilities physical, sensory, behavioral or cognitive functioning, which constitute a severe or profound impairment. Development substantially less than expected for the age in cognitive, affective or psychomotor behavior.
  • Mental Disorders: A primary diagnosis according to DSM-5 diagnostic codes including, but not limited to schizophrenia, delusional disorder, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder, atypical psychosis or major depression (recurrent).  Functioning substantially impaired in areas such as self-maintenance, social functioning, activities of community living or work skills.

Residency Requirements

All applicants must be a resident of New Trier Township both at the time of application and disbursement.
Children must:
  • Live with a biological, adoptive or foster parent or
  • Live with a legal guardian.
Adults may:


  • Live full-time in their own home or apartment,
  •  Live in a private home with a relative or guardian, or
  •  Live together with as many as three unrelated adults
Other Eligibility Considerations
The person with disability is:
  • A client of Community Alternatives Unlimited
  • Receives federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Enrolled in the High School Transitional Program
  • Other – Will require current verification of disability. A physician or licensed therapist will be required to complete the Certification of Eligibility form that appears on page three of the application.

What Services/Expenses Are Covered?

For children services might include, but are not limited to:

  • Respite care
  • Child care
  • Therapy services
  • Medical expenses
  • Family counseling
  • Modifications to make their home more accessible
  • Special vehicle or other equipment. 
For adults services might include, but are not limited to:
  • Home health services
  • Personal care services (help with dressing, etc)
  • Training and assistance in self-care (help with learning how to dress, cook meals, etc.)
  • Habilitation and rehabilitation services
  • Services related to finding a job, or supported employment
  • Respite care
  • Crisis management
  • Purchase medicine, nutritional supplements or adaptive equipment
  • Modifications to make their home more accessible.

How Is The Program Administered?

Interested persons will be asked to fill out an application form that can be obtained by calling/visiting the Township office.

The deadline to apply will be announced later in 2018

If you require any assistance, or have additional questions, please call Jeanne Winsted Rosser at 847-446-8201 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or email.

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