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Deadline: April 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program

The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices, such as a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee, or an insurance program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 requires applicants for these grants to provide an assurance that, and information describing the manner in which, the AFP will expand and emphasize consumer choice and control. The Act provides that applicants should incorporate credit-building activities in their programs, including financial education and information about other possible funding sources. Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income, and residence, have access to the program. Outcomes should include improvements in the ability of individuals with disabilities to purchase AT devices as a result of program support and/or increases in the amount of choice and control among targeted consumers as a result of the program

Amount: $1,984,537 is available for up to three grants that range from $100,000-$700,000 each.

Eligibility: State agencies and community-based disability organizations that are directed by and operated for individuals with disabilities, who demonstrate their ability and commitment to providing alternative financing services statewide for the purchase of assistive technology.

Link: https://www.acl.gov/grants/assistive-technology-alternative-financing-program

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