The CCT Board of Directors is proud to sponsor the Charitable Fund Award (CFA) that has provided $368,682 in grants for children and adults with special needs over the last nine years. Established in 2009 to support CCT’s mission of helping people with special needs improve their quality of life, this grant program offers assistance with the purchase of equipment, medication or services to Virginia residents who demonstrate a financial need.
From new smiles and health improvements to new communication capabilities and safer accessibility, the Charitable Fund Award has made a difference in the lives of its recipients in a number of ways.
“The joy I saw on [her] face when she sat in her chair for the first time was priceless.” – Children’s Support Coordinator for a CFA Award Recipient
“He’ll be able to communicate in the community without having me to prompt him and translate for him. He’ll have that level of independence that I have always wanted for him.” – Mother of CFA Award Recipient
“Audrey’s life will be positively impacted in so many ways by your gift. I hope you can imagine the freedom she will feel because of your gift.” – Nita Starr, Annual Fund Director, Greater Richmond ARC on behalf of CCT Charitable Award Recipient
“The funds have been used towards therapy equipment that have already shown signs of core strength.” – Mother of CCT Charitable Fund Award Recipient
“Now she is smiling as big as ever!” – Group Home Manager on behalf of a CCT Charitable Fund Award Recipient
In 2017, award funds totaling $77,782.30 were granted to 110 individuals, whose applications were submitted on their behalf by 46 nonprofit organizations and public service agencies. The maximum amount for a 2017 CFA award per individual was $1,000.
The following chart illustrates how these 2017 award funds were allocated:
In terms of number of awards, 43 were granted for equipment, 32 were granted for dental services, 19 were granted for technology, 6 were granted for services, 7 were granted for camps, classes or gym memberships and 3 were awarded for medication.
Nonprofit organizations and government agencies who serve the special needs community are encouraged to apply on behalf of their clients with special needs who meet the criteria.
“Because of your compassion, our community is stronger.” – Nita Starr, Annual Fund Director, The Greater Richmond ARC
“DPCS is very grateful for this support from Commonwealth Community Trust, which will improve the quality of life of individuals in our area who are affected by intellectual disability. The Intellectual Disability Case Managers are extremely pleased with the opportunities this funding affords individuals they serve, and will plan to apply again in the future.” – James F. Bebeau, LPC, Executive Director for Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services, Danville, VA
“Through grant opportunities made available by the Commonwealth Community Trust, you’re fostering greater independence of our citizens of the Commonwealth who have a significant disability.” – Leigh Wion, Program Administrator, The Bridge Line, Charlottesville, VA