Grant for people with MS for goods and services...

Cathy Health Guide June 08, 2011
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    Hello all!  I wanted to share with you an email I received from MS Foundation, a wonderful organization that you should familiarize yourself with if you haven't done so already.  Please read below about the possibility of a grant for people with MS in need of certain items to make their lives a little easier:

     

    MS ADVOCACY 101 – How to Apply for a Brighter Tomorrow Grant

     

    Beginning June 1st, applications will be accepted for the MSF’s Brighter Tomorrow Grant. Each year the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation makes dreams come true for individuals with multiple sclerosis across the country through the grant, providing individuals with MS with goods or services (valued at up to $1000.00 per recipient) to improve their quality of life by enhancing safety, self-sufficiency, comfort, or well-being.

    Recipients of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Brighter Tomorrow grant have received car repairs, ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, eyeglasses, computers, appliances, televisions, furniture, therapeutic equipment, hobby supplies, retreats, and various home modifications.

     

    To qualify, a person must be 18 years of age or older and diagnosed with MS, or the parent of a minor child diagnosed with MS, and be a permanent U.S. resident. They must not have any other means of fulfilling the need they express.

    Applicants are asked to provide basic personal and financial information, and to write a brief essay of 100 words or less to describe how the grant would help them have A Brighter Tomorrow.
     
    Here are a few tips to help you with your grant application:
    • Since requests for cash, medications, or items covered by MSF's other programs are not accepted, be sure you know what items the MSF's programs offer. See http://www.msfocus.org/programs-activities.aspx to learn more.
    • Keep your request brief, but be sure to explain specifically what you're asking for and how it will benefit your life.
    • Do your homework. If you can include information about the cost of the item, brands available, and where it is available, do so. If you are requesting a service, enclose an estimate or bid if possible.
     
    If you would like to apply for the grant, simply fill out our online application at http://www.msfocus.org, print an application, or call 888-673-6287 to receive an application by mail. Applications will also be included in the summer 2010 issue of the MSFocus. By mail, completed applications can be sent to the MSF, BTG Committeeat 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.
     
    For further information on the Foundation’s grant programs, call our Program Services Department at 1-888-MSFOCUS or you can contact us by email: support@msfocus.org