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Private Foundations

Avera McKennan Foundation
Sioux Falls
Families using any Avera service may apply for assistance through the statewide Avera Foundation which supports needed services, provides life-saving medications, lodging to be near loved ones, transportation and many needed educational programs and materials. The cases are assessed on a case to case basis. It is a one-time approval. Request information from an Avera McKennan Social Worker.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN)

Sioux Falls
Direct Child Family Assistance through Sanford Children's Hospital

Rapid City
Rapid City Regional Hospital

Families may apply for assistance through CMN. Requests must be based on meaningful medical services or supports and meet other criteria. Consideration is on a case by case basis.

First Hand Foundation
First Hand accepts applications from anywhere in the world. If you or someone you know would like to apply for assistance on behalf of a child, please review the guidelines below. If you child's case meets all the criteria, we are happy to consider your application.

Who Can Apply?

  • Children 18 years of age or younger (a person 19-21 may be considered if they are in a child-like mental state).
  • Children under the care of a pediatrician.
  • The case must involve a child with a specific health care need.
  • The request must be clinically relevant to the health of the child.
  • There must be no existing insurance coverage for the requested expenses.
  • One request per year, per child for a maximum of three times in a child's lifetime.

How to Apply? You need to download and complete the application. The application will list all supporting documentation that is needed to be submitted, depending on what funding is being requested. For additional information on covered expenses and financial guidelines, please visit the website listed above.

Golden Halo Foundation
GHF is a nonprofit organization that helps children with long-term disabilities and their families by providing financial assistance for medical treatment, diagnostic evaluations, durable medical equipment, expenses related to receiving medical care such as travel, and other expenses that will improve a child's life.

Who can apply? Families of children through the age of 17 who have a long-term disability and are residents of SD, MN, NE, CO or WY.

Documents Needed:

  • Completed application form.
  • Letter(s) from physician and/or PT, OT or SLP that includes recommendation for request and benefits of the request for the child.
  • Official receipts/invoice/estimate on procedure or equipment requested, if discount is available, and name and address of third party who will receive payment.
  • Letter of denial from insurance or Medicaid, if applicable.
  • Completed HIPAA Authorization Form.
  • Child's photo.
  • Completed Photo Consent Form.

HealthWell Foundation Grants (English and Spanish)
The HealthWell Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of individuals with insurance who cannot afford their co-payments, coinsurance, and premiums for important medical treatments. Their vision is to ensure that no patient goes without health care because they cannot afford it.

Assistance Qualifications:

  • You are being treated for a disease that we currently cover.
  • You have insurance and it covers your medication. You must have some form of health insurance that covers part of the cost of your treatment.
  • Your income falls within our guidelines.
  • You are receiving treatment in the United States.


  • If you are the person with the diagnosis or a family member, parent, guardian, friend, or power of attorney of the patient then start the application process.
  • If you are a health care provider, staff from a provider's office, a pharmacy representative, or social worker, you can apply on behalf of your patient using our Provider Portal or Pharmacy Portal.

888-396-EYES (3937)
American Optometric Association optometrist provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Click on Dr. Locator to find local care online or call.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Dakota
Sioux Falls

Black Hills
Make-a-Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Who Is Eligible? A child with a life-threatening medical condition who has reached the age of 2 ¬Ĺ and is younger than 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish.

Who Can Refer a Child? Out of respect for the privacy of the children and families we serve, children who may be eligible to receive a wish can be referred by one of four sources:

  • Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist).
  • Parents/legal guardians of the potential wish kid.
  • Potential wish kids.
  • Family members with detailed knowledge of the child's current medical condition.

They will only contact you after a wish referral has been submitted by an approved source.

If you are not eligible to refer a child, please share the referral inquiry form with the family or ask them to visit our website.

Smile for a Lifetime
Rapid City

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation provides orthodontic care (free braces) to individuals, ages 11-18 years of age, who may need financial assistance. Providers located throughout United States.

Sunshyne Smiles Orthodontic Assistance Program, South Dakota Dental Foundation
The Sunshyne Smiles Program is a statewide program that helps provide orthodontic treatment to deserving South Dakota children who may not otherwise receive care.


  • Children are accepted to the program through a referral from a general dentist.
  • Eligibility is determined based on the severity of the child's orthodontic needs and their family's financial situation.
  • Participating families are to contribute $25 per month to the program for their child's orthodontic treatments of the course of 40 months.
  • Parent/guardian is to complete an application.

The HIKE Fund, Inc.
The Hearing-Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund provides hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially.

How to Apply? Download application and refer to instructions.

Documentation Needed:

  • A letter from the parent(s) or guardian(s) explaining the financial need.
  • Statement of Income and Expenses.
  • A copy of last year's Federal Income Tax Return 1040 pages 1 & 2 and the most recent pay stub(s) from each wage earner (parents and/or guardians only).
  • A recent (not more than twelve (12) months old) audiogram AND quote from a licensed and/or certified audiologist and/or physician.
  • Gross earned income cannot exceed $100,000.
  • An itemized cost quotation from the supplier which should include cost of hearing aid(s) or device(s), cost of ear mold(s), professional fees (evaluation, fitting/dispensing fee, follow up visits, repairs/warranty per year, batteries, and insurance - loss or damage). Please give your supplier the portion of this application entitled, "Information for Supplier".

United Healthcare Children's Foundation
United Healthcare Children's Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000) lifetime max per child to help pay for medical services and equipment, such as physical, occupational and speech therapies, counseling services, surgeries, prescription medications, wheelchairs, orthotics, eye glasses and hearing aids.

Who Can Apply?

  • The applicant must be 16 years old or younger and live in the United States and receive and pay for care/items in the United States.
  • The applicant must be covered by a commercial health insurance plan and benefit limits are either exceeded, no coverage is available, and/or the costs are a serious financial burden on the family.
  • If grant is approved, services must be provided by a trained and licensed professional.
  • Financial need of the child's family will be evaluated and documented through information provided on the application and by submission of a photocopy of the most recently filed Federal tax return.
  • Other financial resources to meet health care need are not available.
  • The amount awarded to an individual within a 12-month period is limited to either $5,000 or 85% of the fund balance, whichever amount is less. ¬†Lifetime maximum of $10,000.
  • Application must be submitted prior to the child's 17th birthday.
  • The health care professional is to be paid directly, exceptions can be made to reimburse the family if adequate documentation is submitted showing the health care professional has been paid.
  • Applications are to be reviewed by a health care professional appointed by the Foundation.
  • Applicants who are not approved by the Regional Board must wait a period of twelve months before re-applying, unless the medical condition and requested items have significantly changed from the original request.
  • The child must live with you 51% or more and be listed as a dependent on your most recently filed IRS 1040.

You will be required to attach certain documentation to prior submitting your application. It is recommended that you gather these documents and have them ready to submit prior to beginning the online application process.

Once you have all the required documentation, you are ready to complete the application.

VISION USA provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income children and adults. Eyewear may be provided at no cost.

Who Can Apply?

  • Have no private or government insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Have income below the established level based on household size - Income Level Chart
  • Have not had an eye exam within the past 24 months.
  • Must be a US citizen or legal resident with a social security or legal resident number.
  • Have not received a doctor referral through the VISION USA program in the last two years.

How to Apply?

  • Obtain a paper application and complete the front side.
  • Locate a Social Service Agency - or work with a charitable organization, social worker, case worker, community health agency in your community.
  • Contact the social service agency and explain that you are needing their assistance applying for vision care services through VISION USA. Detailed instructions for your social service agent are located on the back of application.
  • Work with your social service agent to verify your eligibility and submit application to VISION USA.

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