Community Support Grants

The New Trier Township Community Support Grant program can provide financial assistance to residents for necessary medical/therapeutic expenses which are not covered by insurance. Annually, applications open in September.


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 - 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. 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.

Services / Expenses Covered


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

  • Child care
  • Family counseling
  • Medical expenses
  • Modifications to make their home more accessible
  • Respite care
  • Special vehicle or other equipment
  • Therapy services


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

  • Crisis management
  • Habitation and rehabilitation services
  • Home health services
  • Modifications to make their home more accessible
  • Personal care services (help with dressing, etc)
  • Purchase medicine, nutritional supplements or adaptive equipment
  • Respite care
  • Services related to finding a job, or supported employment
  • Training and assistance in self-care (help with learning how to dress, cook meals, etc.)

How the Program is Administered

Interested residents must complete an Online Community Support Grant Application. Supporting documentation can be sent to Jeanne Winsted Rosser. Please include the applicant name in the subject line.

Applications are also available in the New Trier Township office at 739 Elm Street, Winnetka and may be downloaded here.

If you require assistance, or have additional questions, please contact Jeanne Winsted Rosser Monday through Friday, 9AM - 5PM at 847-446-8201.