Mission: The WHAS Crusade for Children makes life better for children with special needs by inspiring generosity with our community partners.

The term “special needs” is defined as a physical, medical, mental, or emotional need that is not experienced by the greater population.

Since 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children has awarded more than $217 million dollars to non-profit agencies, schools and hospitals who support this mission.

To be considered for funding, grantees and their programs should meet the following criteria:

  • Organizations, Schools and Hospitals must be in active standing with the IRS and a verified tax number is required to access the application process.
  • Applicants must be located in Kentucky or southern Indiana.  Grant awards may not be sent to an affiliated national headquarters.


Access to the online Grant Application is by invitation only. Interested applicants should email a brief description of their organization and the purpose for their grant request to Grants Manager Janene Hickerson by clicking here or call 502-582-7522.