Most forms of assistance for individuals with disabilities will come from charitable organizations or government assistance programs, rather than grants from foundations.
Below are selected web sites to find local resources or direct assistance. You might also ask your elected officials about assistance programs, or seek gifts or loans from family, friends, or community.
Additional resources to assist with personal needs are in our article, Where can I find funding for personal expenses?
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is our searchable subscription database of grantmakers that give to individuals. Please note that foundation funds for individuals are very limited and usually help to pay for education or to support artistic or research projects. If you use this resource, you could start with a Field of Interest search for “Disabilities OR Disabled”.
The database is also available in print. To search this database from your own computer, you can subscribe online. Or, you can use it for free at all Foundation Center libraries and Cooperating Collections.
For more information on resources specific to education, research or arts-related funding for individuals, please see the following Knowledge Base articles:
- Where can I find information about financial aid as an undergraduate student?
- Where can I find information about financial aid as a graduate student?
- How do I find funding for my research?
- Where can I find funding as an individual artist?
To learn more about resources for individuals with disabilities, selected resources below may also be helpful.
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