Partner Programs

The Iowa CareGivers partners with many different agencies and organizations. We promote and support other programs and services that can benefit or be of interest to direct care professionals and the Iowans they serve.

Join us for NAMI Iowa’s 2020 Annual Conference

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 8:30AM - 4:35PM CST

This year’s Annual Conference features exciting speakers from national and Iowa stakeholders to cover topics such as telehealth, self-care during COVID-19, children’s mental health, virtual programming, and the role of public safety. The purpose of the Annual Conference is to provide educational opportunities for individuals living with mental illness, their loved ones and mental health professionals. The conference will offer a variety of plenary and breakout sessions, allowing each attendee to customize the event to match their interests.

Click here to view the agenda.

Click here to register and learn more.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Seizure First Aid Certification Challenge – The month of November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and the Epilepsy Foundation is encouraging everyone to get Seizure First Aid certified this November. One out of 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and 1 out of 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. We are hoping to train at least 2,020 people during November to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence in recognizing seizures and safely administering seizure first aid. There is no cost to participate and the program is 75 minutes in length. Register for a class at

While everyone should know basic seizure first aid, becoming Seizure First Aid Certified takes you further. You will learn how to recognize signs of a seizure and how to use the basic first aid steps in different settings, for different seizure types and when medical help may be needed.

Knowing how to help someone during a seizure can make a difference and save a life. While there are many different types of seizures, during many of them a person may be confused, not aware of what is going on, or unconscious. Most seizures end on their own or in a few minutes. Some people go back to what they were doing quickly. Others need to recover, and it could take minutes to hours to resume usual activity. A person could get hurt during a seizure or a seizure could last too long, or the seizures could cluster

Seizure Recognition & First Aid Certification Training: Details and Registration

Autism Grants for Families from Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is offering a variety of grants that families can apply for as listed below. Click here to visit the Autism Speaks website for more information and to apply.


ACT Today! grants

ACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grant payments will be made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, assessors or materials vendors.    


Autism Escapes

Autism Escapes will serve as an Angel Network for families of children with autism. Its primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children.


CARE Family Grant Program

CARE Family Grant Program is mainly for helping families with medication, autism diagnosis/evaluation, therapy session (including speech, OT and ABA,) and autism summer camps.       


Chrysalis Fund

We offer small grants and stipends averaging $1,000 per family to assist with the financing of limited, targeted educational investments for these children.            


Danny’s Wish iPads for Autism

Danny’s Wish iPads for Autism applications will only be accepted September 1st through December 31st of each calendar year. Applications received and approved will be acknowledged by email & submitted to lottery for the next allocation of iPads awarded. Unfortunately incomplete applications will not be considered for award. iPads will be awarded each April of each calendar year.              


First Hand

First Hand is dedicated to impacting the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives. To fulfill that mission, we provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.       



Our programs have evolved to include free or low-cost wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment, vehicle and home adaptations and more.   


Friends of Man

Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn.     



We help them obtain expensive medical and adaptive equipment such as augmentative communication devices, bathing and feeding chairs, enclosed beds or sensory equipment.


Maggie Welby Foundation Grants

The Maggie Welby Foundation offers grants for children and families that have a financial need for a specific purpose. All grants are awarded to the family but are paid directly to the specific purpose for which the grant was applied.  Organizations that directly benefit children can also receive grants on an annual need.


Maggie Welby Foundation Scholarships

The Maggie Welby Foundation offers scholarships for children grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade.


Modest Needs

Modest Needs hallmark grant is our Self-Sufficiency Grant. We make Self-Sufficiency Grants in an effort to assist individuals and families who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who, all the same, are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.


ASDF’s Holiday Gift Card Program

Through the ASDF’s Holiday Gift Card Program, we provide families across the country with $250 gift cards for the holidays.


iPad For Kids Program

The iPad For Kids Program revolutionized and unlocked the communication barrier for children on the spectrum. The iPad gives a voice to the voiceless.             


ASDF Social Skills Camp

Parents email us when they find a camp for their child.  We ask them for the name of the camp, the dates they are looking at and the cost of the camp.  If funds are available and we are able to help them, we will require documentation from their child's doctor stating that he/she is on the Autism Spectrum.         



MyGOAL Inc. Enrichment Grant is a grant program that will enable families to take advantage of socialization and educational opportunities designed for individuals with special needs.  


NAA’s Give A Voice program

The intent of NAA’s Give A Voice program is to provide communication devices to individuals with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal, and whose communication challenges put them at increased risk of injury or harm.


NSWKids program

Our NSWKids program supports direct educational diagnostic testing, services and tutoring/mentoring and support to the families of active duty SEALs, SWCC and support personnel who have special needs children.Recent examples of where we’ve helped include: spouse respite, emergency home repairs for deployed service members, urgent child care and primary care individual replacement.              


Small Steps in Speech

Small Steps in Speech is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization which provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services aimed at improving their communication skills.    


UHCCF grants

UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan.  


Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

The special needs scholarships can be used offset the cost of camp, tutoring, classes, secondary education, post-secondary education or tools to help them learn and flourish.