Educational Grants for Disabled Single Moms
A multitude of grants are available for single mothers who may be struggling financially or who wish to seek further education in order to increase their yearly income through career advancement. If you find yourself having difficulty affording living expenses for your family, consider the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Assistance is given to low-income single mothers to help pay for clothing, food and shelter. You can also seek help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in order to meet your child’s nutritional needs. The Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are awarded to single mothers requiring financial assistance to attend college.
Adoption Tax Credit
A federal Adoption Tax Credit is available to individuals raising an adopted child. Although the tax credit is not specifically a grant, it helps parents identify expenses related to adopting and caring for an adopted child. The tax credit can apply to all forms of adoption including international, public foster care or domestic private adoption. Speak with an accountant about how the tax credit is advantageous to you as a single mother and what information needs to be reported on your taxes to ensure maximum benefits.
The Fulbright Program
Even as a disabled single mother, it may be possible to study or work abroad with a Fulbright grant. Successful applicants engage in a variety of occupations overseas including consulting, research, studying and teaching. The exchange of ideas, cultures and personal experiences creates an understanding that serves as the foundation of the world-famous Fulbright Program. Their goal is to create a bridge for international communication and relations.
According to MIUSA (Mobility International USA), backed by the US Department of State, both the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange as well as the Fulbright Program actively encourage disabled citizens to submit applications. The program provides accessible accommodation and equipment as necessary. Winners are judged on their academic achievements and their leadership qualities. The deadline for applications is early fall.
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The Blanche Fischer Foundation (BFF)
Disabled single mothers living in Oregon qualify for a grant from this private, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1981, this is one of the few organizations that give grants to individuals directly. Since then, according to the BFF website, the foundation has granted over $1 million to disabled Oregonians. Grants are given for a wide variety of purposes including equipment, living modifications and education.
State and Local Agencies
Many websites have listings of state and local organizations that can help you apply for grants.
There are countless foundations set up and willing to grant money to women with disabilities. However, they rarely do so to individuals directly. The majority of these organizations specify applicants must be part of a nonprofit organization set up to and actively providing help to disabled women. Of course, if you are a disabled single mother seeking education grants, your educational institutions will very likely qualify.
Find the right local agency or appropriate office of the relevant institution to apply on your behalf. The types of grant open to you are virtually endless. Once you have the appropriate people to apply on your behalf, you can explore the thousands of grants available to you. Very helpful starting points include websites like Disabled-world.com, Grants.gov, Federalgrantswire.com, Fundsnetservices.com and Finaid.org. The granddaddy of all sites is the catalog of grants and funding, Cfda.gov.
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