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A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to the disabled.

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47 Assistance Programs for Individuals with Disabilities
EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in an interesting manner.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Amway's One-by-One Campaign
Through One by One, Alticor supports programs designed to have a direct, real, and lasting impact on the quality of children's lives, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled; and help children overcome barriers or obstacles to success and fulfillment in their lives. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to concentrate on arts and culture, education, health, and human services.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Arthur B. Schultz Foundation
We hope to address to the overwhelming need for wheelchairs in the developing world (20 million by some estimates) by supporting a variety of approaches to get free wheelchairs to those who need them. Distribution of recycled and refurbished Western wheelchairs is one approach. Another is establishment of independent in-country manufacture and repair shops building appropriate technology wheelchairs for the more demanding conditions of the developing world.
ABSF hopes to make a significant contribution to reducing the number of wheelchairs needed in the developing world this generation. We are also working to create greater in-country capability for wheelchair manufacturing and repair in selected countries (currently Vietnam and Thailand), which in turn provides desperately needed employment opportunities for disenfranchised persons with disabilities.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Autism Support Network
Autism Grant Directory
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation (Disabilities)
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation provides Quality of Life Grants to organizations nationwide that help improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with disabilities, primarily paralysis, and their families. Grants support nonprofit organizations that address the needs of persons living with spinal cord injuries, their families and caregivers in twelve categories: children, arts, sports and recreation, education, advocacy, accessibility, practical service, independent living, assistive technology, therapeutic riding, employment and counseling. The Program also offers health promotion awards to nonprofit organizations that address paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and other injuries, diseases and birth defects, including stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, as well as internationally, are eligible to apply.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Disabilities RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center's Philanthropy Digest
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
The Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs, meets the special needs of veterans with specific disabilities, such as amputation and blindness, and aids and shelters homeless veterans. The Trust supports key programs such as helping to maintain a volunteer-operated transportation network providing rides to sick and disabled veterans needing transportation to and from VA medical centers for treatment. Bringing hope to the forgotten and suffering families of disabled veterans is also a priority. The Trust seeks new and innovative ways to make a positive difference in the lives of the disabled veterans and their families. Of particular interest are programs ensuring quality health care for veterans, assistance to veterans suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse, and programs enhancing research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries. The Trust is also interested in programs that benefit aging disabled veterans and those that evaluate and address the needs of veterans disabled in recent wars and conflicts. There are four deadlines a year. An application form is available on the Web site. Applicants must include seven sets of the application and documentation. Additional information is available on the Web site.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Easter Seals of Michigan
Easter Seals - Michigan's mission is to create solutions that change lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

FederalGrantsWire Disabled Grants and Loans
95 grant and loan listings from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Financial Aid for Eye Care
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, it does provide this directory of possible program assistance, including:
(1) EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), provides free and low-cost eye exams for qualified U.S. citizens 65 and over who do have access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years. Telephone: 1-800-222-EYES (3937). Website: http://eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/public
(2) VISION USA, coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), provides free eye care to uninsured, low-income workers and their families. Screening for the program takes place only during January of each year, with exams provided later in the year. Telephone: 1-800-766-4466
(3) Lions Clubs International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the telephone number and address of your local club. The telephone number for the national office is (630) 571-5466
(4) Mission Cataract USA, coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-800-343-7265
(5) InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies. Member optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a familyís income or access to insurance coverage. Telephone: 1-888-396-3937. Website: http://www.infantsee.org
(6) Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website: http://www.sightforstudents.org/
(7) New Eyes for the Needy provides vouchers for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses. Mailing address: 549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078-0332. Telephone: (973) 376-4903
(8) NeedyMeds offers a database of medications that can be obtained free or at low cost by uninsured, low income patients, usually through manufacturer programs. Website: http://www.needymeds.org
(9) Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs; it is funded by pharmaceutical companies. Telephone: 1-888-477-2669. Website: https://www.pparx.org
(10) Patient Access Network helps eligible underinsured patients afford the copayments for pharmaceutical treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Telephone: 1-866-316-7263. Website: http://www.panfoundation.org
(11) RX Assist provides consumer information, resources, news and a directory of patient assistance programs that offer affordable or free medications. Telephone: 401-729-3284. Website: http://rxassist.org
Last reviewed March 2013.
Also listed under Health.
(Last checked 05/05/17)

Fundsnet Disability Grants
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Michigan Loan Funds
Sponsored by the United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, which works in partnership with Option 1 Credit Union to provide loans. It is funded through public and private donations, and started with grants from the United States Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration.
(1) The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF) supports the purchase of needed technology through low interest rates and loan guarantees.
(2) The mission of the Michigan Employment Loan Fund (MELF) is to reduce or eliminate barriers to employment through low-interest loans. Financial loans can be used to buy equipment for self-employment or to work for an employer from home or a telework center.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Milbank Foundation
The Foundation's primary mission is to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. The Foundationís current priorities are consumer-oriented projects that enable people with disabilities to lead fulfilling, independent lives; innovative policy research and education on market-based approaches to health care and rehabilitation; improving and expanding quality health services, especially palliative care, and education and training of health and rehabilitation professionals. Organizations must be located in the United States. The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry through its online application form. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Through its National Grant program, MEAF provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are working toward the full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and impact or model projects that can be replicated at multiple sites.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Since 1996, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) has awarded grants and endowments to universities and other organizations to actively promote quality of life and create a brighter tomorrow for those living with MS. MS centers, with a physical presence in the United States, in need of expanding their programs and services are also eligible for financial assistance from the MSF. Grants are available for implementing or expanding MS Day Programs, diagnostic services, rehabilitation services, support services, social services, education and outreach, and medical care. Applications are accepted beginning September 1st of each year. Applications must be postmarked between September 1st and November 1st to be eligible for funding.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

National Alliance For Accessible Golf
Deadline: December 31
The Alliance, along with the United States Golf Association, believes that golf should be open to everyone, even those with disabilities. The Alliance administers the grant application process for organizations that provide golf programs for individuals with disabilities. The Alliance encourages programs that provide inclusive programming as well as opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Because the grants committee believes that the values of the game are best learned by playing it, the Alliance focuses its attention on programs that provide opportunities for participants to experience golf to the fullest extent possible. Programs should offer affordable and accessible opportunities for participants to experience golf both during scheduled programming and after programming is concluded. The Alliance will consider requests for funds to assist with costs for the following core golf program costs: golf course or driving range access, golf instruction, standard and adaptive golf clubs and bags, adaptive teaching equipment, transportation of participants to and from programming, and inclusion activities. The Alliance accepts applications on a rolling basis in 2011. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

National Inclusion Project
As a national leader in the movement toward full inclusion, the National Inclusion Project is proud to partner with community organizations that are seeking to programmatically open doors for ALL children to learn, live, and play together. Through training, consulting, and funding, the Project will meet organizations where they are and help them to implement quality programs that impact children and families in their communities. The National Inclusion Project will focus on programs that fulfill its mission.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

NEC Foundation of America
Established by NEC Corporation, the NEC Foundation of America supports programs with national reach and impact in assistive technology for people with disabilities. The foundation makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations in support of the development, application, and use of technology by and for people with disabilities. All proposals should demonstrate national reach and impact.
Note: Grantmaking has been temporarily suspended.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Paralyzed Veterans of America
The PVA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides funding in five project categories:
(1) Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with SCI/D
(2) Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs
(3) Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice
(4) Assistive technology -- Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices
(5) Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award
The Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award is given to a school or school-related program that addresses the educational and social/emotional needs of all children, including those with learning disabilities. This $5,000 award will allow for expanded programmatic and staff development opportunities that focus on incorporating effective research-based practices into classroom and school-wide practice.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

The Travis Roy Foundation
The Foundation's primary goal is to help spinal cord injury survivors and further research for a cure. Named after a Maine youth who became a quadriplegic after a freak collegiate hockey accident, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual and research grants. Individual grants have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

Jett Travolta Foundation In the News
In memory of their son, John Travolta and Kelly Preston have established The Jett Travolta Foundation which will "assist and provide relief to children with vision, hearing, mobility, communication, behavioral learning impairments or other special medical, environmental, health or education needs," according to a statement.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
Michigan Loan Funds
As an affiliate of one of the nation's largest health charities, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan assists people with disabilities and their families through our service-based, individual-focused approach. We administer innovative programs that make a difference in the lives of the children and adults we serve, and in the communities they are a part of.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

VSA Arts of Michigan
Promotes arts, eduction, and creative expression involving children and adults with disabilities. Provides limited financial support for various programs and projects.
(Last checked 05/15/17)

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The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

DIRECTORY OF GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Richard M. Eckstein, ed. Loxahatchee, Fla. : Research Grant Guides, Inc., 2000. 11th edition, 216pp. Funding Center (1 East) HV1553 .H3
Lists more than 700 foundations awarding grants to nonprofit organizations. In addition, this directory includes three informative articles on grantsmanship and twenty-nine federal program profiles. Subject index categories include: accessibility projects, blind, cultural programs, deaf/hard-of-hearing, developmentally disabled, eduation, independent living programs, learning disabilities, mental health, mentally disabled, physically disabled, recreation, rehabilitation, research, speech impaired, vocational training, and youth programs. [Note: Earlier editions available in Main Library Stacks.]



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