2018 Charitable Fund Award

The Board of Directors of Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) is proud to sponsor the Charitable Fund Award, an grant program that offers assistance with the purchase of equipment, medication or services to Virginia residents who demonstrate a financial need.

The application for the 2018 award cycle will be available on January 8, 2018.


January 8 to February 28, 2018 Online Application Period Open
March 1 to April 20, 2018 CCT Reviews and Processes Applications
On May 4, 2018 CCT Notifies Applying Organizations’ Representatives
By July 1, 2018 Vendor Checks Mailed to Applying Organizations’ Representatives for Award Recipients
July 1 to December 31, 2018
Goods Purchased or Services Performed for Award Recipients

Who is eligible? 

  • The recipient must live in Virginia and have a disability that meets the SSA definition of disabled. 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.
  • The recipient must meet Federal poverty guidelines and/or receives SSI benefits.  To review the HHS Poverty Guidelines, go to: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/15poverty.cfm

What types of services/equipment/medication can be funded?

  • The application should be for the purchase ofequipment 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.
  • The maximum amount of the award per individual in 2018 is $1,000.
  • Past year’s awards have included the following types of awards:
    • Dental services and dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and assistive technology, including iPads
    • Transportation expenses, including wheelchairs/repairs, bus passes, van lift/repairs
    • Summer camp fees, therapeutic riding and fitness center membership fees
    • Home safety modifications such as wheelchair ramps and grab bars

Who can submit an application?

  • The application must be completed and verified online 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.

What criteria is used to evaluate the applications?

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.

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