Disability Grants

Individuals with disabilities often need financial assistance for costs associated with daily living.  Social security benefits are typically insufficient for monthly expenses that include rent, utilities, food, and medication.  Disability grants are available to both organizations providing services to individuals with disabilities as well as individuals themselves.

Foundations that offer grants for disabled individuals typically allow people to receive support only once.  Funds can be used for handicap accessibility modifications to homes.  They can be used to cover extraordinary medical expenses.  Some disability grants to individuals do not require a stated purpose.  The grantee can use the funds at he wants.

Another resource that foundations offer is education grants for students with disabilities.  Eligible students can check with their location foundations or even their school to find out if there are disable grants they can apply for to cover tuition costs.  Verification of disabled status may be required and can include your Social Security Disability letter from the federal government.

Grants to disability organizations can be used to purchase accessible transportation, wheelchair ramps, medical supplies, and specialty clothing items.  Funds can be used to implement inclusive activities including therapeutic camps, vocational training programs, and educational supports.  Programs are typically person-centered and adhere to self-determination principles.

With the increase in autism, grants for disabled children are more common. Foundation grants may offer assistance for respite services, therapies, or assistive technologies. Federal grants focus on research into the causes of and potential treatments for autism.  Education grants seek innovative ways to provide teaching strategies in classrooms with disabled children, including those with autism.

Federal grants for disabled adults fund vocational training programs that teach skills in accommodated settings.  These training programs help people with acquired disabilities learn new skills that facilitate their self-sufficiency and return to mainstream employment.  Other federal grants for disabled organizations include education programs for adult learners with disabilities.

Programs must be designed using best practices demonstrated to be effective with the target population.  As with many federal grants, the ease at which the program can be replicated is a determining factor for award.  The government seeks to reproduce successful programs and activities to provide the widest impact with public funds.

Nearly all federal disability grants require the involvement of individuals with disabilities in the grant development and administration process.  This includes program design as well as implementation upon grant award.  You may be required to work with federally-funded disability groups to receive a disability grant from the government.