The Achievement Grant Frenquently Asked Questions
This is a list of common questions about Think Alive’s Achievement Grant program, answered for your convenience. If you have a question that is not listed below or need further clarification, please send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tim Enfield at (505) 470-3296.
7. Do Achievement Grants support collaborative or group projects for children with disabilities or special needs?
1. Who is eligible to apply for an Achievement Grant? Is there an age restriction?
Young people under 21 with any documented disability are considered for Achievement Grant funding. The majority of our recipients have been between 9 and 16 years old, but we have funded individuals as young as 6 and as old as 21.
2. What is the typical grant size if the awards range from $100 to $500?
The size of our award varies and is determined on a case-by-case. If there is an immediate demonstrated need for $500, we will consider the full request. If the applicant only needs $200 of equipment, we will certainly honor that just the same.
For all applications, there must be a complete and highly specific budget that shows the quantity, location, cost, timing, and/or duration of that which is being requested. Our team is available to help you find the information early in the application process, but you must contact us prior to submitting your
application. Having this information will allow our Selection Committee to make the most timely decision about your request.
3. What is the process to receive an Achievement Grant?
Step One: Gather useful information (who, what, where, when, how, why) to begin grant process. This may include finding where the activity will take place, and what materials are needed. It will also be useful to find a current picture of the applicant at this time.
Step Two: Using this information, develop a specific budget of the requested grant funds.
Step Three: Apply using either our online form-based application or downloadable application. If you choose to print and mail in the application, it must be sent to the Massachusetts Office located at PO Box 1080 Amherst, MA 01004.
Step Four: In 3-4 weeks, you will be notified if your application has been approved. We may ask for additional information at this time. Once this is
obtained, the Achievement Grant will be disbursed.
Step Five: After the period of funding has concluded, you will be contacted by
our team so that we may learn about the applicant’s experience.
Applications are generally accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying through a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) or other local partner, there may be an associated deadline to be included in a special Achievement Grant awards ceremony.
At any time, you may apply through our general Achievement Grant application process. Requests are accepted through either the online form or through the mail via our downloadable application.
The Think Alive Selection Committee, comprised of a rotation of 4 Board Members and 1 Action Committee member, considers six key points in reviewing an application under our current system. They are:
• Interest/Passion: The ideal candidate demonstrates a clear curiosity and passion for the activity. The applicant shows a true and enthusiastic
desire to participate.
• Relative Difficulty: The activity or goal is a challenge for the individual, one which pushes personal and/or societal boundaries.
• Support: Family and/or community members have demonstrated acapacity and willingness to support the applicant in their pursuits. They
must dedicate sufficient time, etc. to help ensure achievement.
• Logistical Feasibility: Parents or the applicant have coordinated with all affected parties (lesson providers, vendors etc) and there is a reasonable
plan in place for the budgeted grant.
• Opportunities Created: The award will open doors for the applicant that are currently unavailable. due to financial, logistical, or others reasons.
• Post-Funding Impact: With the funding of an Achievement Grant, the applicant will have the tools, equipment, and abilities to continue achieving
after the period of funding
Feel free to download and view our Selection Committee's Application Evaulation Form.
6. Can past recipients apply for additional funding?
Individuals that have already received an Achievement Grant may apply again. Think Alive will continue to support these individuals if they have shown progress since receiving their first grant. Special consideration is given to individuals with continued financial need.
This depends entirely on the nature of the project. Extracurricular project led by adolescents with disabilities are considered “eligible” for funding within our Achievement Grant. In this case, the group leader(s) may apply for an Achievement Grant as an individual would. Achievement Grants financially
support the proposed activity while recognizing the individual’s leadership efforts. All other collaborative projects fall beyond the scope of The Achievement Grant but are subject to approval from the Board of Directors. Contact Tim Enfield at email@example.com or (505) 470-3296 for more information about such programming.
Siblings may be applicants on the same grant if they are applying for funding for the same activity. If they are requesting funding for different activities, they should submit separate applications.