There are a few organizations that provide grants for home modifications for accessibility purposes. Typically, these grants and supports are available for people with a specific medical or disability situation.
The Travis Roy Foundation focuses on enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and promoting their independence and mobility through adaptive equipment grants. Their work aims to raise awareness of the effects of spinal cord injuries (SCI) and to find a cure through increased funding of research.
To qualify for a grant from the Travis Roy Foundation, applicants must demonstrate a financial need for assistance and may be required to provide documentation. They must be a spinal cord injury survivor with paraplegia or quadriplegia caused by an accident. There is no age requirement.
During the application process, individuals must request a specific dollar amount and only one modification or one single piece of equipment. Requests for multiple items or "anything you can give" will not be considered.
In addition, applicants must wait at least one year before a new submission can be considered.
These grants, known as Quality of Life grants, help pay for the adaptive equipment needed to address the daily challenges people with SCIs face. Recipients of the grant can upgrade and maintain a wheelchair and computer. Vehicle and small home modifications such as a ramp or lift may also be provided. Grants, on average, range from $2,000 to $5,000 and there is no minimum amount.
Download the Travis Roy Foundation Grant Application here to begin.
Once completed, mail the application to:
Travis Roy Foundation
101 Huntington Avenue, Suite 520
Boston, MA 02199
It is important to understand that to be considered for a grant, applicants must submit estimates for the cost of equipment or modifications requested from at least two potential suppliers. Be sure to include the name, address, contact information and price quoted in the application.
Learn More: Visit the Travis Roy Foundation to for more information.
The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut (SCIACT), a chapter of United Spinal, is a group of individuals that join together with the hopes of improving the lives of people who have been affected by a spinal-related injury or disease in Connecticut.
SCIACT offers Connecticut residents with spinal cord injuries Quality of Life grants to meet a variety of needs, including some for home accessibility modifications.
To qualify for a grant, applicants must be a resident of Connecticut and have a SCI. They will need a brief letter from their doctor or physical therapist detailing the injury and the resulting limitations.
Grants have been given to individuals for transportation needs, education expenses, wheelchair cushions, to help pay for some home and vehicle modifications and a variety of adaptive equipment/technology needs. Grants range from $250 to $500.
SCIACT also offers support groups, peer assistance for newly injured persons, and educational programs. The organization allows people with SCIs the opportunity to socialize, share experiences and provide assistance to others in similar situations.
Email the Connecticut Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Learn more: Visit the United Spinal Association, Connecticut Chapter website for information.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit national organization that advocates for research and services that help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families.
Their website offers a broad range of educational resources and tools and assistance to connect people with MS and their families with the support they need to live their best life. Subjects include guidance on how to manage the disease, advance care needs, maintaining personal health at a holistic level and more. There are also resources to get involved with fundraising, volunteer events and advocate for social and political change.
Visitors can access a range of tools for people with MS. These include:
The MS Society also offers numerous resources to help people with MS make home modifications or access assistive technologies. Visit the Accessibility page for more information. Other resources include:
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