There are a wide variety of funding sources related to disability, including grants for modifications, equipment, and scholarships. Churches and people seeking scholarships should also search for regional or local sources.
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 in an annual cycle that closes July 1 of each year. An application form that includes requirements and examples can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word Document .
You can read about the grant projects we funded in 2017 here.
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.
We have a downloadable list of other funding sources that may be available:
Microsoft Word Adobe PDF
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.
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.
Lynn Swedberg and Tim Vermande, March 2018