Disability Grants

Disability grants provide funds for those living with a disability. There are millions of people in the U.S. who are considered disabled, and many of them would qualify for grants. Getting a grant is not as simple as filling out a form though, and only a small portion of those who submit grant proposals actually get the grant for which they applied.  It is necessary to write a grant proposal that is persuasive and that will convince the organization who is sponsoring the grant that you deserve to have it. The grant proposal must explain the details of what you will do with the grant money. Grants are not simply given to those who are disabled and want money for any reason. Even if you provide very good reasons why you should receive grant funds, it does not necessarily mean that the grant will be approved.  Generally, when more details outlining how the funds will be used are put into the grant proposal, the more likely it is to be approved.

Every grant has requirements that must be followed very closely, or it will be eliminated if any stipulations are not met. This includes deadlines, word count, and proper formatting of the proposal. Many people find that it is difficult to write their own grant proposals, and professional writers are often called upon to do this. However, before even beginning to write a grant proposal, it is necessary to search through the public and private grants that are available for a particular cause. Some grants are only for disabled children, while others are for seniors. Still others are for anyone with a proven disability.

Both public and private organizations usually require the applicant to complete their application form as the initial step. Public grants may be found from the federal government, and each state has grant money as well. The most well-known grant is a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that is awarded to those with disabilities who have low income and assets. In addition, the disability must fall within those allowable by the federal government for this funding. Applying for SSI and being approved are often a lengthy process that can take years.

Students with disabilities who need help paying their college tuition should first complete student financial aid forms, just as any student would do. They should then apply for grants that can also help them get their baccalaureate degree. Two websites that list many different grants available to those with disabilities are Incight.org or Washington.edu. A student must be accepted into a particular college before applying for grants in most cases. Almost every university and private college awards grants to students in some form, so this resource should be checked as well.

Grants for housing may be in the form of cash awards to be used as a down payment on a house. There are also housing vouchers for those who have lost their homes through emergency causes, such as floods, or if they are displaced for some reason. Those who are disabled and have low income and no assets usually qualify for public housing under Section 8. This program provides an apartment in government-owned buildings that require only minimal or no monthly rental payments. Anyone with a disability who wants to apply for a grant from a private organization to ask for housing assistance can find corporations who help those with low incomes. This is also true if a person needs a vehicle to get to doctor’s appointments, therapy, to work, or for another good reason, and there is no public transportation available in their area.

If the person has computer and broadband access in their home, it is easy to do some research to find public and private organizations who may consider providing grant money to individuals for college, housing, or for a vehicle.