Test your Site for Accessibility with Cynthia Says ™

Tips to Apply For a Wheelchair Van Grant

The beauty of grant money is that it doesn’t need to be repaid, and it can be combined with funds you obtain from other sources (loans, fundraisers, and even additional grants) to purchase mobility equipment, including wheelchair accessible vans. You’ll find relevant grant-making foundations and organizations that offer partial and sometimes, though rarely, full funding for handicap vans.

Picture of paper money of many denominations

Here are a few tips for identifying relevant granting institutions and applying for a grant:

1: Wheelchair Van Research

2: Push Your Patience Button

3: Prepare for the Grant Application Process

4: Lock In References

5: Identify and Research Potential Granting Institutions

6: Make Contact with the Grant Providers

7: Be the Game Changer

8: Stay Organized and Up-to-Date

"Do not become discouraged if you receive a rejection. Not every application will result in a grant. Grants are a growing source of funding source for many people and organizattions. Meanwhile, the providers of grants are placing more scrutiny on how these funds are used and even using grant management software to track them. So, PERSEVERE and STAY HOPEFUL. Your efforts will be tremendously rewarded when you take your first ride in your new (or used!) handicap accessible van.

 

###

Susan Hawkins is a writer and video producer for AMS Vans in Atlanta, GA. AMS Vans sells handicap accessible vans nationwide with a guaranteed low price on all newly converted AMS-brand wheelchair van models, often thousands of dollars less than other manufacturers. AMSvans.com also accepts trades, rents and buys vans at competitive prices. As a writer for a wheelchair van company, Susan has done extensive research on wheelchair vans and other handicap accessible transportation, focusing on the wheelchair van conversion process, peripheral mobility equipment, and the criteria for safe, reliable, affordable handicap accessible vans.