Small Business Grants for Disabled

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Small business grants for disabled individuals are intended to help integrate into the workforce adults who are "disabled, " or who have medical, psychological or psychiatric impairments. Disabled employees make up a small portion of the U.S. labor force -- less than 21 percent in 2011, according to the Disability Employment Policy. Within that group, only a little more than 15 percent of disabled workers are self-employed, with 40 percent owning small businesses, as of 2009, according to U.S. Census data. For this reason, both governmental and private entities offer grants that both directly and indirectly assist disabled people to join the workforce and start small businesses.

Government Grants

One of the largest government grants for disabled individuals is the Disability Research Project and Centers Program Grant, reference number CFDA 84.133, at Grants.Gov. Created June 24, 2011, eligible applicants include states, public and private agencies, including: for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; Indian tribes and tribal organizations; and small businesses and nonprofits having 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service code. The grant award is $950, 000 annually. This grant is intended to be used to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training and related activities; to develop methods and procedures and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially with the most severe disabilities.

Private Organizations

Grant types are contingent on the provider and the terms of qualification. For example, if your business is technical or in the healthcare industry, you may find a grant through the National Science Foundation. Private grants to disabled individuals are made available through charitable networks, community portals, schools and other support organizations. Jimmy Buffet's Singing For Change grants, for example, include disabled individuals. Singing For Change grants are offered nationwide annually with awards that range from $500 to $10, 000 to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Educational and Religious Institutions

Many colleges and universities offer grants to disabled individuals to assist with the financial costs of post-secondary education. Educational grants afford disabled individuals the opportunity to learn technical skills that they can use to start a consulting, contracting or telecommuting business, for example. Educational grants are generally funded by private businesses. Religious organizations offer many grants to disabled people of their faith. Presbyterian Church USA awarded a $10, 000 grant in 2011 to the Worcester Homeless Action Committee, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It works to change how Worcester handles the release of those with mental illness, for example.


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