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2017 Charitable Fund Award

Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) established the Charitable Fund Award to provide funds for equipment, medication, and/ or services to individuals with disabilities who demonstrate a financial need and reside in Virginia.  The maximum amount of the award per individual in 2017 is $1,000.

The application for the 2017 award cycle must be completed online and verified by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves people with disabilities. A maximum of 10 applications may be submitted from each organization or agency.

This program is not intended to pay off a recipient’s debts, to fund services that are normally provided at no cost to the recipient, or to provide a general source of income to the recipient or to the applying organization/agency.

Timeline: Applications will be submitted online through the CCT website. The application period will begin in April 2017.

To see what information will be required, please review the 2016 CCT Charitable Fund Award Application here. (Note: Application provided for informational purposes only – subject to change – application must be completed online when made available in April 2017.)

Evaluation criteria: A committee of CCT staff and Board Members will review applications based on how the request will impact the recipient’s quality of life. Preference will also be given to those requests that:

  • demonstrate a lasting impact (versus a short-term benefit),
  • are for a one-time expense (versus an ongoing expense), and
  • cover the entire cost of the equipment, medication, or service requested.

Before submitting an application, please check the following requirements:

  • The recipient lives in Virginia and has a disability that meets the SSA definition of disabled*.
  • The recipient meets Federal poverty guidelines** and/or receives SSI and/or Medicaid benefits.
  • The application was completed and verified by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves people with disabilities.
  • The funds being requested are for the purchase of either equipment or medication or services (not paid for by Medicaid, private insurance, or another source of funds) that will increase the recipient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, or to perceive, control or communicate within the environment in which he or she lives.
  • A price quote or estimate from the vendor is attached.
  • The vendor will accept a check. This is NOT a third party check. It is made payable directly to the vendor.
  • Other sources of funds have been exhausted, denied or are unavailable.

*    Disability for adults is defined as the inability to engage in “substantial gainful activity.” There must be a physical or mental impairment that can be expected to last at least 1 year. A child must have a physical or mental condition that very seriously limits his or her activities and is expected to last at least 1 year.

**       2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines:
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