Adults get rehabilitation services to return to their vocation after illness or injury interrupts their life. For children, their vocation is play. Illness or injury doesn’t just interrupt their life, it interrupts their development. Therapy of all kinds is essential to provide children with special needs the opportunity to reach their maximal potential. That potential may be years down the road and the results of therapy may be in minute increments. Insurance at times does not recognize the importance of therapy in children and those children suffer. As a pediatric therapist who works in a hospital, I see the effects of limited or no therapy as children enter my doors for other procedures or recurrent illness. Lack of access to therapy can lead to serious deficits like permanent deformity, limited skill development, or lack of locomotion.
I am still haunted to this day by a child, who lived in this state who was denied both therapy services and a wheelchair by insurance. Bee Mighty will fill such a need for so many families. Therapy should not be budgeted out by families in need because of their insurance insufficiencies.
– Leslie Glenn, PT Carolinas Medical Center/Levine Children’s Hospital
Bee Mighty Grant Applications
Bee Mighty is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides support and resources to local families before, during and after their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) journey.
As part of our services, Bee Mighty offers two types of funding for NICU families in the greater Charlotte area.
Grants for Developmental Therapy and Equipment
Grants include, but are not limited to speech therapy, physical therapy, feeding therapy, cranial bands, wheelchairs, and much more.
After all other community, state and federal programs have been exhausted, Bee Mighty becomes active, allowing families to apply for funding towards developmental equipment and therapies (traditional and alternative), as well as providing the families a financial reprieve, when no other option is available to them.
When completing your application, please provide the following in addition to your application:
Copy of Insurance Benefits showing requested therapy is not covered by insurance OR Letter of Denial from insurance showing benefit is not included or benefit has been exhausted.
Letter from Therapy/Equipment service provider detailing the benefit of services to the child and the cost.
Include a description of your child’s condition (including financial need), benefit of requested services to the child, and why your family is in need of assistance. Please provide as much detail as you are willing.
Your application cannot be considered without this required documentation.
Grants for Mental Health Counseling
Becoming a parent to a premature baby is a journey no one can prepare you for. Your expectations of parenthood are disrupted by the critical needs of your medically fragile infant. Whether your baby is currently in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or has been discharged, the effects of this life experience can have a profound impact on all aspects of your life.
A significant number of NICU parents often report adverse mental health effects such as depression, anxiety, isolation, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is our hope that through our counseling program, parents can seek out the support needed to help them navigate this difficult experience without worrying about the expense so that they can have a meaningful relationship with their newborn and continue to thrive in their lives.
Bee Mighty allows families to apply for a grant for mental health counseling regardless of insurance coverage, to allow for individualized counseling sessions with a trained professional.
Our board appreciates the time you invest in your applications. We personally understand the challenges of having a child in the NICU and the years of care that follow and our wish is to support every request.
Email is the preferred route to submit your application.
Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance with the application process, please contact our voicemail at (980) 272-1596, and we will call you back to walk you through the process or answer any questions.
For additional questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.