Who is eligible for the Charitable Fund Award (CFA) program? In order to be eligible for this program, a Recipient must be disabled, meet the criteria for demonstrating financial need as described in the application, and reside in Virginia.
Why do you ask if the Recipient meets the meets Federal poverty guidelines and/or receives Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI)? We use these criteria for adults as an alternate screening to indicate financial need. To access the 2016 2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines, go to https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. SSI is a means-tested benefit, meaning that individuals receiving these benefits have limited assets/income. Social Security, SSDI, and some other benefit programs that are not means-tested would not make someone eligible for this award program.
Who can submit the Charitable Fund Award (CFA) application? CFA applications must be completed, verified, and submitted online by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency in Virginia on behalf of the intended Recipient. Any applications received from an individual or representative that does not meet these criteria will be denied.
Where can I obtain an application for CCT’s Charitable Fund Award? The application will be available online once the application period opens. For 2017, the application period will run from April 3 through May 15, 2017.
How detailed does the request need to be? Responses to all questions on the application are required in order to successfully submit the application. Please supply enough information about the Recipient’s disability and the requested item or service so that the committee can evaluate how the equipment, medication, or service requested will impact the life of the Recipient.
What is the maximum amount that can be requested? The maximum amount per recipient is $1,000. Please request one item or service per application. Related items may be considered together. For example, if an iPad is requested and the recipient needs a case to ensure that their iPad is not destroyed; these can be put on one application. Multiple applications can be submitted for an individual; however, keep in mind that the total amount requested per recipient cannot exceed $1,000. Each application will be evaluated on a stand-alone basis.
Can the cost of the requested item/service be more than $1,000? If the amount required for the equipment/medication/service is over $1,000, the maximum amount of $1,000 can be requested. CCT will not fund a project to be partially completed, or award partial funds without receiving assurance that the difference between the total amount needed has been secured.
Why is a price quote/estimate required? The committee evaluating applications requires documentation confirming the anticipated cost of the item or service in order to properly evaluate the request. A direct quote from the vendor is required.
How does the vendor get paid? If an application is funded, the award will be made in the form of a bank-issued check made payable to the vendor listed on the application. Before submitting the application, please be sure that the vendor will accept a check. Award checks will be mailed to the representative who completed the application, not directly to the recipient or the vendor.
The vendor will not accept a check. What should I do? There are some situations for which the vendor will not accept a check. Seek an alternative vendor who will accept a check. In rare cases, the applying organization or agency has requested that funds be made payable to them so that they can assist with the purchase of the item or service. This strategy must be used as a last resort, and be specified in the application. Please verify with your organization/agency to ensure that they will be able to manage this accounting.
Will you just issue a check payable to the Recipient? We will NOT issue a check payable directly to the recipient. Many recipients receive SSI/Medicaid benefits and receiving cash in this way would jeopardize those benefits. Also, issuing the check payable to a vendor helps to ensure that the funds will be used for their intended purpose.
Why is the vendor’s address required? We ask for the vendor’s address because our bank requires this information when issuing checks. We will not be mailing the checks directly to the vendor.
When will I find out if the request has been funded? Organization/agency representatives will be notified on July 10, 2017, and award checks will be sent out thereafter. No awards will be made before this time, so this program is not appropriate for emergency situations that require timely funding. Every application will receive notification of an award or denial.
How many requests will be funded? A limited amount of funding is available for this program each year, and each year has been increasingly competitive. Applications are evaluated and funded based on scoring and available funds.
What types of items/services have been funded in past years? While this varies each year based on the variety of applications, 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