Application for Assistance

The Ricky King Children’s Fund exists solely for the purpose of providing specific medical needs for children in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties not met by insurance companies or governmental agencies.

Candidates are usually referred by physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, schools, Children’s Medical Services or other charitable organizations in Southwest Florida. Once a candidate is identified, an application is sent to the family.

When the application is returned copies are mailed to the Grant Committee. These members send their recommendations to the Executive Director. Usually, the committee agrees if all criteria are met and sufficient funds are available. When a challenging case is before the committee it is not unusual to go to the full board for approval. Once an agreement has been made on the amount of assistance, a check is made out to the supplier of the medical equipment. Normal purchases would include wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, cranial helmets, and specialized equipment for autistic children.

If you have any questions about this application or our grant review process, please contact The Ricky King Children’s Fund office at 239-449-0209.

Please complete this needs assessment form to the best of your ability. The Ricky King Children’s Fund primarily funds medical equipment costs which are not covered by other social service agencies or insurance companies. If approved, payment will be made directly to the vendor providing the equipment or service. The Ricky King Children’s Fund does not pay for hospital bills.