7 Government Grants for People With Disabilities

7 Government Grants for People With Disabilities

Updated October 6, 2020
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7 Government Grants for People With Disabilities

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Government grants for people with disabilities are available at the local, state, and federal level; find out how you can get the help you need.

If you have disabilities, the government may help you with specific expenses. You’ll find government grants at both the state and federal level, giving you several options to get the financial help you need. The government provides disability grants for children, adults, and veterans assisting with medical bills, making their home accessible, education needs, and more. Keep reading to learn more about how you, too, may qualify for a government grant.

Types of Government Grants

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Social Security Insurance is one of the most comprehensive benefits anyone with a disability can get. Disabilities can range from physical to emotional and qualify for benefits. SSI helps with the daily cost of living for those unable to work (or are minors) for at least 12 months, or that results in death.

USDA Rural Home Grants

The USDA offers grants to persons with disabilities that live in a rural area. The grant helps pay to make a home more accessible. Some USDA Rural Home Grants also help you buy an accessible home if you don’t already own a home. Find more information here.

Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation (DCMWC) Assistance

The DCMWC helps coal miners suffering from Black Lung Disease file claims for medical benefits and financial payments if their disease occurred due to working in the mines. The grant also supports surviving spouses of miners that lost their lives due to Black Lung Disease.

Early Intervention Program for Children With Disabilities

This state-run program provides services to children ages three and under with physical, mental, cognitive, and social disability assistance. The program helps pay for appropriate services to help the children at home and through the school system. Check with your local state government for information relevant to your location.

Grants for Disabled Business Owners

Disabled business owners have several grant options through the Small Business Administration and Grants.gov. Many private foundations also help foster economic stimulation by helping disabled business owners with funding issues.

Special Housing Adaption Grant for Veterans

The SAH helps veterans purchase an accessible home or make changes to their existing home. The grant provides up to $77,307 to help make the home livable for disabled veterans.

Special housing funding programs can provide assistance in making your home more accessible.

Low Income Energy Assistance Grant

Each state offers assistance for low-income families to pay heating and cooling bills. However, they give priority (early application dates) for the disabled. Assistance is available at both the state and federal level.

How to Apply for Funding Programs for the Disabled

Each grant program has different requirements for disability programs. Visit the appropriate website for the grant you wish to apply for and follow the directions. Start by contacting your local and state government offices to find out what options you have locally as well as any federal options described above.

If you need assistance or are unsure where to start, contact the National Council on Disability, the IRS, or the US Department of Labor.

If you have a disability that makes it hard to make ends meet, exhaust all options for federal, state, and local funding programs for disabled people. With plenty of financial, emotional, and physical assistance, you and your family could live comfortably without undue stress.


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