Applying for funding and writing wheelchair-accessible van grants can be a daunting task. If your organization is a non-profit, grants may be the mainstream of funds to keep your program running.
For community programs that receive some government funding, applying for wheelchair-accessible van grants may mean the difference between upgrading wheelchair vans and having to ‘make do’ until more funds are available.
Many of the organizations we work with at MoveMobility rely on grants or funding streams that require applications. These applications often need a written component to justify the funding request, as well as quotations for the equipment or services they require.
In this article, we’ll provide 6 best practices to keep in mind when writing your next grants for wheelchair-accessible vans.
Review wheelchair accessible van grant criteria
To qualify to receive a grant, your organization may be required to meet certain criteria. Some grants may be directed specifically for non-profits, while others may be for any programs that provide a specific service such as accessible transportation. Before writing a grant proposal, be sure that your organization is eligible to receive the grant based on its criteria.
Most grants have an application timeframe, so you should begin working on the grant application in advance of this date. You may need to request information or quotations from wheelchair van providers to submit with your application, so don’t leave it until the last minute.
Clearly state why your program requires the grant
To increase the chance of being awarded a grant, your proposal should include convincing reasons why your program requires financial support. We recommend explaining the impacts wheelchair-accessible van funding would have on your program and the people you serve.
For example, if your program does not have funds to replace your wheelchair-accessible van, you may wish to discuss the impacts that having no accessible transportation has on your clients. In many cases, no access to transportation means that clients are excluded from outings, resulting in feelings of isolation.
Differentiate your program from other applicants
In your proposal, state why your program is unique from other applicants. This may include:
- Size of your program
- Number of clients
- Specific client mobility needs
- Your geographic location
- Other means of access to the vehicle or service you are applying for
- Specialized programming or equipment needs
Be specific about wheelchair accessible van grants intentions
Name specific projects, programs, or initiatives that the funding will be used for. If the funding is to support adults with disabilities, give examples of how it will make an impact on their daily lives. Maybe the grant is intended to improve rural community transit, provide scenarios that illustrate how having accessible transportation will improve the lives of your community’s residents.
Maybe your goal of being awarded grant funding is to solve a challenge with your transportation program (such as replacing an aged vehicle), show that you are passionate about improving your client’s experience with your program.
Focus on solutions, not problems
If you are applying for grants for wheelchair-accessible vans, it may be because your organization does not have adequate funds to cover the cost of a van. Perhaps your vehicle broke down unexpectedly, leaving no budget for unplanned van replacements.
However, this doesn’t have to give your grant proposal a negative vibe. Instead, show how you will accomplish your program’s objectives using the grant. Focus on your program’s solutions to instil positive emotions in the people reviewing your request.
Provide a budget
If you are applying for funding for a piece of equipment or capital purchase such as a vehicle, include specs in your grant proposal. These details should include the costs, ongoing maintenance, and any additional equipment that may be needed.
At this stage of the grant proposal, you may need to request quotations from vendors. Do not leave this step until the last minute. If you are applying for grants for wheelchair-accessible vans, you can contact our commercial mobility experts for help with a quotation and information for your grant proposal.
Our last recommendation is to ensure that all documents are presented professionally and in a format that is easy to read.
Wheelchair Accessible Van Grants Tips Review
Funding and grants for wheelchair-accessible vans are a very important part of operating a non-profit organization. To make a compelling case for your grant request, ensure you clearly state why your program requires the funds and what they will be used for.
Focusing on the solution you will implement using the funds and providing supporting information such as quotations for capital purchases will give the funding agency a clear picture of your program’s goals.
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