Financing Opportunities for Wheelchair Vans in North Carolina

Posted On: 08/27/2019

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.

Contact Information

2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 550

Raleigh, NC 27608

Toll-Free: 877-235-4210

Phone: 919-856-2195

TTY: 888-268-5535

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

(919) 855-3400


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

(919) 855-4800


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

(919) 233-7075


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

(919) 807-4250


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

(919) 835-3636


Author Information

Katie Cummings
Mobility Blogger

My professional background stems from non-profit marketing and fundraising for a large children’s cancer hospital. Every day I was able to make connections and relationships for kids and their families going through devastating times. From securing small donations to large corporate support, it was all about providing hope that one day doctors and researchers would find a cure. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so important.

Just this past year, I came to work alongside my family for, a website dedicated to offering the latest information and resources for people needing mobility products. This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to combine more time with my family while still helping others. Our family has been in the mobility industry for over 35 years with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility issues. This is the spirit behind BLVD and what I am most excited about sharing in my blog.

I love meeting new people and have found that volunteering is the best way to learn more about others and myself. Coffee keeps me going as do walks my pup "Kirby" and most of all being with family and friends. I invite you to check out my blog to learn more about how "together we can move through life better!"

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