Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Proof Alliance FASD Support Fund.
What does the Proof Alliance FASD Support Fund do?
- The fund provides grants (not loans) to families caring for an individual known or suspected to be on the FASD Spectrum to assist with basic life needs.
Who is eligible to receive assistance?
- To be considered for a grant the family must reside in Dakota, Ramsey, or Washington County and be the primary caregiver for an individual with a known or suspected diagnosis on the FASD spectrum. Where the FASD diagnosis is suspected the caregiver will need to provide confirmation of a life-threatening illness or a mental or physical disability. Examples of eligible diagnoses include, but are not necessarily limited to Major Depressive Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Psychotic Disorders, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Conduct Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, etc.
Who is not eligible to receive assistance under this fund?
- Families that reside outside of the East Metro counties of Dakota, Ramsey, or Washington County.
Why is this limited to families in the East Metro?
- The grant terms and conditions require serving families only in the East Metro.
How can I contact the Proof Alliance FASD Support Fund?
The fund is coordinated by Proof Alliance:
Attn: Director of Programs
1876 Minnehaha Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104
How do I get an application for the Proof Alliance FASD Support Fund?
- The application can be found online at FASD Support Fund by clicking the application. Completed applications must be signed, have all the required documents, and can be sent via U.S. Mail, via fax, or email.
How does the application process work?
- Once an application has been completed and submitted with the necessary paperwork, there is an initial eligibility review that includes consideration by a committee. You will be assigned a contact who will assist with coordination. Approved applications are verified along with expenses. Payments are typically made directly to the vendor and/or service provider.
What documents are required to process an application?
- A completed application will include a copy of the individual’s official FASD diagnosis or if you suspect an FASD diagnosis, then please include confirmation of a life-threatening illness or a mental or physical disability.
- The application also requires a family story, not to exceed one page. This is your opportunity to share how the request will assist your family. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your family’s financial need.
- Financial documents are also required. If you file taxes, then a current 1040 tax return must be submitted. If you do not file taxes, then a SSI document (or other benefit summary) must be submitted. If the financial documents do not have an address in Ramsey, Dakota, or Washington County, then you must submit a current utility bill as proof of residency.
- If you are requesting equipment, the request must include an invoice/web cart and include; exact items, costs, and all taxes, plus shipping.
- If you are requesting services; it must include the exact amount of the service and include at minimum business name, contact person, email, address, and phone.
- The application must be signed certifying the accuracy of the information. Depending on the situation additional documents or clarification may be requested.
What kind of expenses does the fund assist with?
- The fund assists with a variety of expenses, such as basic life needs: housing expenses such as mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance, vehicle expenses such as payments, repairs, insurance, utilities and primary phone, food and incidentals, children’s clothing, diapers, formula, necessary school or childcare expenses, medical bills, prescriptions and the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care.
- The fund will also assist with expenses, such as: support for families education law related expenses, respite services, residential treatment costs, educational testing, service dogs, specialty bikes, home security systems, therapy swings, music/dance/aquatic/art therapy, weighted blankets and pressure clothing, costs associated with tutoring or academic support.
What kind of expenses does the fund not assist with?
- The fund does not assist with expenses such as: cable, secondary phones, payday or personal loans, student loans, credit cards, store charge cards, taxes, child support, alimony, cosmetic medical procedures and expenses, negative bank account charges, bills obviously due to excessive use or mismanagement, down payments on home or vehicles, security deposits, or reimbursements for items already purchased.
How long does the application process take?
- The applications are processed in the order in which they are received. The office will take no more than 25 business days to process the applications after receipt of all required documents. For requests that are confirmed by MOFAS to be an emergency, every effort will be made to process the request ASAP within 7 business days. This process may be expedited if circumstances demand it. We can’t move forward with a case until a completed application and all supporting documentation is received. Please note that submission of an application is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded.
What if I am raising more than one individual on the FASD spectrum, can I make multiple requests?
- Applicants can make multiple requests, if they are caring for more than one individual known or suspected to be on the spectrum.
How many times can I apply to the fund?
- Applicants may apply once every 12 months. Second requests for assistance must be caused by a new situation.