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A federal government program that is much like a personal individual grant you don't have to pay back, is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.


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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
If your child is under 6 and has a moderate to profound hearing loss, you can apply for money to pay for intervention, educational and/or rehabilitation services. There is also money available for children with hearing loss between the ages of 5 and 19 to attend art or science courses during the summer, weekends, or even after school. For more information, contact: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007; Telephone: 202-337-5220, TTY: 202-337-5221.
If your child is under 6 and has a moderate to profound hearing loss, you can apply for money to pay for intervention, educational and/or rehabilitation services. There is also money available for children with hearing loss between the ages of 5 and 19 to attend art or science courses during the summer, weekends, or even after school. For more information, contact: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007; Telephone: 202-337-5220, TTY: 202-337-5221.
Billy Barty Foundation
Sponsors a scholarship fund to help promising college students who have a medical form of dwarfism. Provides $2,000 scholarships.
Children with Disabilities Grants and Funding Page
An online guide for parents and children. Provides links to information on funding opportunities from the Federal agencies and offices represented on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It also presents suggestions for identifying funding opportunities from other Federal agencies and the private sector.
Creating Options: A Resource on Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities (2001)
The latest edition of this popular resource paper features up-to-date information about federal financial aid programs, describes the relationship between state vocational rehabilitation agencies and the financial aid process, and lists organizations that offer disability-related grants and scholarships for postsecondary education. The paper suggests other sources of financial assistance for individuals with disabilities and recommends web sites where students will find additional financial aid information. Also included is a precollege financial aid checklist to help students plan and manage a funding search.
Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
Includes links to financial aid and grants resources.
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (ELA)
Supports professional organizations that work with people with disabilities through grants and scholarships that further their goals of education, advocacy, leadership development, mentorship and the arts. The Foundation especially seeks to support the work of organizations that are led by or support the work of women and girls with disabilities. The next deadline for applications is November 1 and grants are small, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. For more information contact Ms. Deborah Lewis, 626-398-8840, email: executive
In addition the Foundation is committed to expanding opportunities for female graduate students with disabilities and developing future leadership in the disability community. The foundation will award one or two scholarships of up to $2,000 each per academic year to supplement financial assistance received by a female graduate student(s). Visit the ELA Web site for complete eligibility information and application guidelines and forms.
Financial Resources for Individuals Interested In International Exchange Opportunities
Courtesy of Mobility International USA National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange.
Foundation Center RFP Bulletin: Disabled
The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin is published weekly by the Foundation Center. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grant making organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grant maker's Web site or contact the grant maker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grant maker.
Foundation for Exceptional Children Grant and Scholarship Programs
The Foundation for Exceptional Children ( is a national organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities. Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for Scholarship Awards and Minigrant Awards. In the former category (deadline: February 1, 2001), FEC offers Stanley E. Jackson Scholarship Awards and the Infinitec Scholarship Award for full-time, post-secondary education or training during 2001-2002. Post-secondary education or training includes two- and four-year under-graduate college programs or vocational, technical, or fine arts training. Applicants must be anticipating enrollment for the first time in full-time, post-secondary education or training during 2001-2002 and also must provide evidence of financial need. Different recipients will be selected in each award category, and no recipient will receive more than one award. The FEC minigrants (deadline: March 1, 2001) program provides funds to schools, community groups, and other centers of learning for innovative educational programs. Between 20 and 30 grants are awarded annually. Minigrant awards of up to $500 will be made for innovative education-related projects that directly benefit gifted children or youth and/or children and youth with disabilities. For more information, contact: Foundation for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191; Tel: (703) 264-3507. Source: Foundation Cener RFP Bulletin, December 15, 2000.
Foundations and Corporate Grant Programs Related to Disability
A collection of foundations and corporate grant programs that may be of interest to many NIDRR grantees AND have Internet sites. Sponsored by the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NIDRR).
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc
This charity provides trained guide dogs to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. For more information, contact: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc, 371 East Jericho Tpke., Smithtown, NJ 11787; Telephone: 800-548-4337; 631-265-2121.
HEATH Resource Center
George Washington University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to operate the National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities, known as the HEATH Resource Center. The web page contains information about funding opportunities along with many other resources.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation gives national "Starfish Grants" to benefit young people with disabilities throughout the country.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study. In addition to these restrictions, some scholarships have been further restricted by the donor.
NEC Foundation of America
Makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations and programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following arenas: science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities.
Pilot Dogs, Inc.
This charity gives its trained animals to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include four weeks of training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. For more information, contact: Pilot Dogs, Inc., 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215; Contact - Telephone: 614-221-6367; Fax: 614-221-1577
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
Need money to buy a van, a talking computer, or rubber door know grips? People with disabilities now have a place to turn to learn everything they need to know about how the latest in technology can improve their lives. It can be a specially equipped van, a talking computer, a special kitchen or eating aid, or adaptive toys for children. Or it may be a student with learning disabilities who needs special help getting through school. A project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, called Technical Assistance Project has established an office in each state that can provide: Information Services: will help you identify the special products that are available to help you cope with your disability. Equipment Loan Program: allows people to borrow new technology devices for a number of weeks before they purchase them. Recycling Program: matches up people with needs for products with people who want to sell or donate products. Funding Information: collects information on the various sources of funding for this equipment from public and private sources. Loans: many states are offering special loans to help people purchase the necessary equipment; Ohio offers low interest loans up to $10,000, California has loans up to $20,000, North Carolina up to $15,000.
Contact your state Office of Social Services or Vocational Rehabilitation (In Michigan the Family Independence Agency). If you have trouble locating your state office, you can contact the office that coordinates all state activities: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assertive Technology Society of North America, (RESNA), 1700 North Moore Street, #1540, Arlington, VA 22209; Telephone: 703-524-6686; Fax: 703-524-6630; TTY: 703-524-6639
Shaklee Teacher Award
The Shaklee Teacher Award is designed to recognize up to ten of America's most outstanding teachers of children with disabilities. Selection of teachers will be based on specific student outcomes and related contributions they have accomplished in their roles as teachers of children with disabilities. The standards reflected in this award exemplify the attributes of outstanding educators as determined by the Shaklee Institute Senior Scholars. Benefits of the 2001 Shaklee Teacher Award include a $1,000 cash award, a specially-designed pewter sculpture, and a four-day summer session learning experience. The application process requires the outstanding teacher to describe numerous aspects of their competence as an educator and their overall involvement within the field. The award is limited to professionals involved in direct teaching programs for children with disabilities. Applications are available online. (There is a $25 application fee.) For more information, contact: Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education, 8700 East 29th Street North, Wichita, Kansas 67226; Tel: (316) 634-8735 or (800) 835-1043; Email: Source: Foundation Center RFP Bulletin, Dec. 22, 2000.

Summer Precollege Programs for Students with Disabilities - 2001 Edition
This resource web page describes campus-based postsecondary orientation programs for students with various types of disability. The new edition describes 17 programs located in nine states throughout the country, and provides details about program features, curricula, tuition and contact information. (Other colleges not listed here may also have summer precollege programs, but may limit admission to those students who have been admitted to that college. Therefore, interested students should also consult the college to which they have been admitted.)


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Personal credit scores are based on standards of the major credit rating bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Lenders average the fixed score from each of these to determine a borrower’s eligibility and terms of financing. The rating system looks at several factors and gives a points rating to each one. Positive and negative factors can affect the score.


Factors that can affect credit scores:


* Payment history accounts for about 35% and the way debts are paid, for example if they are paid in a timely manner or paid late. It reflects the number of past due items and how long they were

  delinquent, or if there was any collection activity. Another factor is any public records like bankruptcies, liens, and wage garnishments.


* Current total debts accounts for around 30% and considers the total amount of debts owed. This is the number of accounts and each balance owed and it influences FICO scores. Credit bureaus will

   look at outstanding debts in relation to the available credit. Getting out of debt by paying down debts can help raise scores over time.


*The length of credit history is a factor concerning the amount of time accounts have been open and the account activity.


* New credit is any recent accounts established. This also includes any credit inquiries indicating attempts to get new lines of credit.


* Types of credit considered is the total number of the types of credit that has been secured. This includes revolving debt on credit cards and retail accounts.


Some lenders may not view past performance as a guarantee of future performance. This is not always true as a credit rating is an indicator of past borrowing and repayment performance.

This can give lenders an idea of how likely it will be for a borrower to repay a new loan in full, on time. They use a consumer's credit rating to determine their risk in loaning money.


A person who has a good credit rating may not have to pay high interest fees or may not have to give a large down payment. Personal credit scores are used to determine whether to loan money to small businesses and corporations. Factors like age, race, ethnic background, religion, sex, and marital status, do not influence scores. Employment history, current employment, wages, and assets are not taken into consideration as part of FICO scores, yet some lenders may look at these areas when evaluating a person's credit worthiness.


Qualified borrowers have a FICO rating of 750 or better, yet people with a score of 650 may be able to get a loan that has higher interest rates. These scores can change monthly to reflect any changes to the criteria used to determine the score. If a loan is paid off it could improve scores. If a bill is not paid or bankruptcy is filed, it could lower scores. Monitoring scores can help identify any problems that may need correcting. is the site to visit to request a free credit report, and get credit information almost immediately, but it can take longer when not using the Internet. Credit services can help monitor FICO scores but it usually requires a monthly fee.



Personal credit is important to maintain, and when repairing credit is a goal, having setbacks that can knock credit down is to be avoided. Paying bills late is just one of those things that has a lowering effect on scores. When credit is poor and bills are late, sometimes it is best to get money fast so the bills can be paid on time.


This is when a small payday loan can be handy and easy to get for most applicants. Many of these lenders accept all credit types and applicants can get an answer in a hurry. This is a source to get money that can be repaid on the next payday or within a couple of weeks or months. Getting money so payments can be made on time, can eliminate high late charges. 


Personal loans use to be very hard to get for people with bad credit, not so any more. There are fast cash programs that are helping people in all states get the funds they need within a day or less. Many of these loans can fit the needs of consumers throughout the United States. Whatever the applicant may need the money for, does not matter, they may be able to get approved faster and easier using online lenders.


There are always questions from people who have never applied for a loan. Questions are not a problem, as most sites have an FAQ page, so the applicant can get answers and complete the form. It can be best to read about when the loan is due to be repaid, and the requirements for the loan. Read about the payback date, as these vary between companies. Some loans are for a few weeks, others are due in a couple of months. Getting quality service with online payday loan companies is possible. There are many respectable lenders. Getting a small loan is an option that a non homeowner can have, without any collateral. Paying back a personal loan on time, can help provide good history on credit reports, if the provider reports to major agencies.


A few ways payday loans are used:


* Pay for college and books.

* Pay for child care.

* To pay bills on time.

* To buy a computer.

* To purchase gifts.

* To take a vacation.

* To pay for repairs.

* To have money during an emergency.

* To make home improvements.

* To get a down payment for something.


Often people have situations that can cause stressful days and nights. Sometimes, just getting money for financial problems, helps until a few paychecks go by. Paycheck loans allow people to apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are quick forms online, and getting an answer does not have to take days. Even Americans with the worst credit may be able to get approved for a small loan.

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