A wide variety of funding sources related to disability exist. There are grants for modifications, equipment, and scholarships.
Some scholarships are for people with disabilities, others for those preparing for careers in disability studies, ancillary medical fields, or research. There are too many of these to attempt to maintain a list. United Methodists should check for Loans & Scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Through the Disability Ministries Committee, the General Board of Global Ministries offers limited grants to assist with funding certain accessibility and inclusion projects. Applications are accepted from June 1 to June 30 of each year. An application form that includes requirements and examples can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word Document .
Pathways offers Open Hearts Awards grants for congregational access. The cycle closes on August 1: Open Hearts information. The Retirement Research Foundation offers Accessible Faith Grants for improvements in Chicago area. United Methodist churches seeking to develop Deaf or hard-of-hearing ministries may apply for a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministries grant.
For help in finding sources, as well as understanding needs and commitment, download “Money And Ideas: a Creative Approach to Congregational Access,” a guide from NOD and the Alban Institute.
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By listing organizations, companies, or other sources of interest to people with disabilities, the Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church does not recommend, endorse, or otherwise offer preference for any such entity. All listings are reports only, and are open equally to any entity offering suitable services.