Family Support Grant (FSG)
The Family Support Grant (FSG) program provides cash grants of up to $3,133.99 per year (as of 1/1/17) for children with a certified disability. These grants can pay for services to help children with disabilities live in their home.
The FSG must be used to purchase services and items that are not covered by Medical Assistance (MA) or private insurance. Some examples include specialized equipment, day care, respite care, education services, and computers.
“My two boys have trouble seeing in dimly areas so we used the grant to pay for lights to be installed in our closets. Now they can find what they are looking for all by themselves.”
– Kristen, parent
“My son has many safety issues. We budgeted some of our FSG funds to fence in our back yard during the first year. Because of his high activity level, we were able to get a YMCA membership to help us survive MN winters. We currently use most of the funding for respite care.”
– Mary, parent
The FSG is available to:
- Families with a biological or adopted child under age 21 living at home. The child must have a disability certified by the State Medical Review Team (SMRT).
- Families of children living in a group home or facility who could return home if given the grant.
Families must have an annual adjusted gross income of $100,008 or less (as of 1/1/17) to be eligible unless extreme hardship can be shown. Considerations may include size of the family, presence of a disability in other family members and substantial debt due to the child’s disability.
Families receiving a Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI), Developmental Disability (DD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver can’t receive FSG a the same time.
Children receiving a Consumer Support Grant or personal care assistance (PCA) services are also ineligible to receive FSG at the same time.
Contact your county human services agency or tribe to ask about the FSG. Parents will need to submit a copy of their annual taxes during the application process. Once approved, parents need to complete a plan and budget for the FSG funds. Parents must also submit an annual report that includes all receipts for services funded through the FSG.
More information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.