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Community Support Grants Program


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Most individuals with a disability live at home and are cared for by their families.

This Township 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 a person with a disability. There are no age or income restrictions.

The Community Support Grants application deadline for fiscal year 2017-18 is January 19th, 2018. 


Click here for the PDF version of the Community Support Grants Application 

Please Note: The application is not fillable online

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 is January 19th, 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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