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Scholarship FAQs


Q: What does HBHB fund?

A: HBHB funds therapy and therapeutic recreational activities that utilize horses and/or the natural environment. This includes physical, occupational, speech, and psycho-social therapy, conducted by licensed therapists who use horses or the natural environment in the therapy process. HBHB also grants scholarships for therapeutic horseback riding conducted by certified therapeutic riding instructors. 

Q: Who can apply?

A: Individuals or groups with special needs may apply. Individuals must also show proof of financial need. Groups must be from a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please see the scholarship applications for required documentation.

Q: What are the financial qualifications for an individual to receive a scholarship?

A: Applicants must show proof of financial need. HBHB awards scholarships to individuals with an income under $45,000. (In the case of a minor, the household income must be under $45,000.) Exceptions are sometimes made; if your income exceeds $45,000 you may submit a letter to HBHB before completing the application that details the extenuating circumstances. The board will review it and inform you if you may still apply.


Q: How much money is awarded?

A: Award is based on treatment type. Hippotherapy scholarships (OT, PT, Speech, and Psyco-social) average $1,200; therapeutic riding scholarships average $600; and group programs vary by treatment type, group size, and frequency.  

Q: Where do I need to go for therapy?

A: HBHB does not endorse any particular therapy facility. Rather, applicants apply to HBHB for financial assistance after choosing a facility on their own and being evaluated and accepted for treatment. HBHB does evaluate all facilities to ensure that services are provided by licensed and insured therapists; that all staff and volunteers are thoroughly trained; and that horses are well cared for. Facilities must be in the greater Chicagoland area of northeast Illinois

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: Nope. HBHB provides scholarships for all ages.


Q: Is there a deadline to apply?

A: Applications are accepted year-round. You should hear back about your application within one month. If you do not hear back please contact us by emailing us at