2017 Charitable Fund Award

Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) established the Charitable Fund Award to provide funds for equipment, medication, and/ or services to individuals with disabilities who demonstrate a financial need and reside in Virginia.

The application for the 2017 award cycle must be completed online and verified 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.

The maximum amount of the award per individual in 2017 is $1,000.

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.


April 3 to May 15, 2017 Online Application Period Open
May 16 to June 30, 2017 CCT Reviews and Processes Applications
On July 10, 2017 CCT Notifies Applying Organizations’ Representatives
By August 14, 2017 Vendor Checks Mailed to Applying Organizations’ Representatives for Award Recipients
August 14, 2017  to February 14, 2018
Goods Purchased or Services Performed for Award Recipients
February 14, 2018 Outstanding Vendor Checks Voided#

#Note: For funded applications, an award check will be made payable to the vendor noted on the application. Award checks must be cashed within 180 days of issue date to prevent forfeiture. It is the applying organization’s representative’s responsibility to ensure the check is processed within 180 days of issue date or to write VOID and return the check to CCT by mail. For whatever reason, if a check cannot be used for the original purpose intended, please return by mail the voided check to CCT.

Evaluation criteria: 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.

Before submitting an application, please review the following requirements:

  • The recipient lives in Virginia and has 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 meets Federal poverty guidelines and/or receives SSI benefits.  To review the 2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines, go to: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/15poverty.cfm
  • The application was completed and verified by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves people with disabilities.
  • The funds being requested are for the purchase of either equipment 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.
  • A price quote or estimate from the vendor is attached.
  • The vendor will accept a check. This is NOT a third party check. It is made payable directly to the vendor.
  • Other sources of funds have been exhausted, denied or are unavailable.

To see what information is required, please review a sample of the 2017 CCT Charitable Fund Award Application here. (Note: Application provided for informational purposes only – subject to change – application must be completed online.)
Please contact Cheryl Carlyon via email (ccarylon@trustCCT.org) with questions.

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