Financing Opportunities for Wheelchair Vans in North Carolina
With amazing weather, an incredible climate, a flourishing job market, and not to mention some of the most pleasant neighbors around, it’s no wonder that North Carolina has become one of the leading destinations for young professionals, growing families and retirees.
The Tar Heel State holds many bragging rights, some of which include Krispy Kreme, Pepsi and Cheerwine. It is also home to Research Triangle Park - named after the three major research universities located in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. More than 170 companies, including Syngenta, Cisco, and RTI International are housed in the ‘Park.’
There is no shortage of food and drink or art and culture in North Carolina. They say that you haven’t had real barbeque until you’ve had North Carolina barbecue, and that is a plentiful staple that you’re lucky to find almost anywhere. NC also has one of the fastest growing craft beer scenes in the region, with new breweries surfacing all over the map. Be sure to take in some of North Carolina’s traditions, such as craft festivals, music and folk art. Explore the Blue Ridge Music Trails, browse the Asheville Art Museum, catch a performance at Wilmington’s historic Thalian Hall, and be sure to visit the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
North Carolina is home to some of the best public and private schools in the country. In Durham, you will find the premier research university, Duke, which ranks among the top 5 schools in the United States. Other options include Appalachian State University in Boone, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (which happens to be the oldest state university in the country), and Elon University. In addition to the math, science and liberal arts that you’ll find here, life in North Carolina revolves around its college sports. Whether or not you prefer light vs. dark blue with the North Carolina and Duke rivalry, North Carolina is a sports fan’s paradise.
North Carolina is also standing out as an up and coming place to retire. It is getting close to having more people 60 and older than under 18 years old. By 2025, 1 in 5 NC residents will be 65 and older, with the age group 75-84 being the fastest growing segment. At BLVD, we strive to assist all North Carolinians facing unique challenges and limitations, find programs and services to help them live with dignity, in safety and as independently as possible. Please see below for a comprehensive list that we have put together of possible funding opportunities for a handicap accessible vehicle in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: This information is intended to assist you in your purchase or financing of a wheelchair van, and is in no way an offer or advertisement for a free wheelchair van.
Grants, Financial Aid and Resources for Handicap Vans in North Carolina (NC)
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Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC)
Disability Rights North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina. As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina.
2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 550
Raleigh, NC 27608
Fax: (919) 856-2244
North Carolina Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
ADRCs are in place nationwide to supply disabled and senior citizens with reliable information about the services and benefits to which they are entitled. They are collaboratively run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Administration on Community Living.
2101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2101
North Carolina Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Click the link above to locate your area’s AAA. It’s an important resource for people living in North Carolina with age- or disability-related mobility limitation or other struggles for independence. It can offer guidance for securing financial aid for a wheelchair van or accessibility conversions.
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
Device demonstrations and loans, assistive technology training, help finding financial aid for these technologies and other services are available to disabled North Carolina residents through NCATP. Inquire within for assistance deciding where to turn for disability grants you can apply toward a handicap van.
4900 Waters Edge Dr., Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27606
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
The Council is governed by a majority-disabled, Governor-appointed board tasked with promoting systems change to allow individual with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families to participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services and supports, as well as other assistance and opportunities, which promote inclusive communities. The Council doesn’t provide grant money to individuals for vehicles or vehicle modifications, but it’s a good contact for guidance.
3125 Poplarwood Court, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 850-2901 or (800) 357-6916
North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
The DVA in North Carolina advocates on behalf of state residents who are US veterans, helping them secure the benefits they’re entitled to. Such benefits often include financial aid for a handicapped-accessible vehicle if mobility impairment resulted from military service or treatment provided by the VA.
1315 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1315
North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
North Carolina’s DVRS offers job placement services and other support geared toward helping in-state persons with disabilities achieve greater independence through rewarding employment. If acquiring a handicap van would enable you to find and hold down a job, this division of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services may award you a disability grant for this purpose. Contact a mobility consultant to find your county’s office.
North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
SILCs all around the nation are federally-mandated. They’re run by a majority-disabled, Governor-appointed board tasked with promoting the principles of independent living for elderly and disabled state residents. The council doesn’t bestow grant money, but it’s a good contact for guidance.
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 206
Raleigh, NC 27605