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What is it?

The Possibilities Grant was established for the sole purpose of purchasing assistive technology devices and services for people residing in North Dakota and Moorhead, MN who:

  • Have a clearly established need for assistive technology,
  • Have needs not met by other funding programs,
  • and meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the application.

How are the funds used?

Individuals that are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have assistive technology needs and expenses that are above and beyond what insurance and other funding programs will cover. This is where the Possibilities Grant steps in. With the funds raised, we’ve been able to help eligible applicants purchase vision and hearing equipment, computer access tools, vehicle modifications, and communication devices. This program is intended to be a last resort, and cannot supplant other public funding avenues (e.g., vocational rehabilitation or public schools).

 

Apply

Please call the ND Assistive office for application forms and questions: 800.895.4728. Alternative formats available upon request.

Possibilities Grant Applicant FAQs

  • Is there a dollar amount cap for my grant request?
    There will be no cap set on the amount that may be requested, but it is expected awards will not exceed $2,000. As public or private funds may only cover a portion of assistive technology costs, Possibilities Grant funds can be used in partnership to close that gap.
  • Do I have to pay these dollars back?
    The funds awarded are treated as grants and are not expected to be repaid.
  • How many times can I be awarded a grant?
    Individuals are not eligible for more than one award in a twelve-month period.
  • What are the minimum eligibility requirements?
    Any individual who meets all the criteria noted below may apply, or have an application submitted on their behalf:
    1. The individual has a documented need for assistive technology.
    2. The individual resides in North Dakota or lives in the Red River Valley of Minnesota.
    3. The individual does not qualify for the purchase of assistive technology under other funding programs.
    4. The individual makes 150% or below of median income (see application).
  • What does the application review and award process involve?
    Only applications that are completed in full will be reviewed. A review panel will meet to review complete applications and make award determinations. Award decision letters will go out to all applicants whose applications were reviewed.
  • Do the grant dollars go directly to me?
    No. Award payments will be made directly to the vendor unless unusual circumstances dictate otherwise.