ALS Grant Programs and Equipment Loans

The Les Turner ALS Foundation offers a variety of programs to provide financial assistance to people living with ALS and their families.

Program information and eligibility requirements can be found below. To learn more, contact us at or 847 679 3311.

Walter Boughton Foundation Support Services Grant Program

The Boughton Support Services Grant Program offers financial assistance to people with ALS to help cover a portion of the cost of certain equipment and necessary home modifications not covered by insurance.

Although Walter Boughton lost his battle with ALS in 1993, his memory lives on through the efforts of his granddaughters, Kathryn and Lauren Maly, and the foundation that was launched in his name. Read more.

Dan Nelson Respite Grant Program

The Dan Nelson Respite Grant Program is designed to provide grants for short-term respite care, which provides the primary caregiver with time away from their care duties. This promotes well-being for both the caregiver and person with ALS and helps prevent caregiver burnout. Participants in the program also receive a visit from one of the Foundation’s ALS Support Services coordinators.

Sheila McCullough generously and thoughtfully established this fund in 2012 to honor the memory of her husband Dan and his first caregiver, Thea.

Assistive Technology Grants

The Les Turner ALS Foundation partners with other organizations and provides need-based grant funding for accessible technology to help people living with ALS communicate, control their environment and meet their care needs.

Stuart Rosen ALS Transportation Fund

The Stuart Rosen Transportation Grant Program helps provide comfortable and reliable transportation to and from the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine to treat ALS symptoms. Grants are available if members of your family or community are unable to take you to appointments.

This fund was created by the family and friends of Stuart Rosen, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 69.


  • Grants are available to people living with ALS who demonstrate financial need.
  • You may apply for each grant annually.
  • In order to apply for a grant, you must receive your care at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic and speak with a member of our Support Services Team.
  • All existing sources for obtaining equipment will be explored before grants are approved. Please work with your ALS Support Services Coordinator to identify community resources or help with insurance navigation.

For questions about eligibility requirements or any of these programs, contact us at or 847 679 3311.

    Above: Janie Gobeli shows off the wheelchair lift that was built at her home with assistance from the Boughton Grant Program.

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