Today I thought I'd use this space to remind everyone about the types of grants Modest Needs offers to its applicants. If one of these situational grants applies to someone you know in need, please let them know. It's why we are here. And we'd like to fulfill as many grants as we can, so here's a rundown of how you can help your friends and neighbors by way of Modest Needs.
This grant is for normally self-sufficient individuals and families who are burdened by a one-time, emergency expense. This could be an unforseen medical bill, car repair bill or an unexpectedly enormous electricity bill. This grant aims to prevent applicants from falling into a vicious cycle of poverty by preventing them from going completely under--something that should never happen to those who are blindsided by expenses, but otherwise keep themselves afloat. The maximum grant available under this program is either $1,000.00 or 7.5% of your household's verifiable annual income, whichever is greater.
New Employment Grants
Most of us have been there. You get a new job after being without from simply switching careers, but the lag time between pay checks is enough to put serious strain on your budget. Many of us have friends or family who can loan money to tide us over. Sadly, many do not. That's what this grant is all about. In making a New Employment Grant, our goal is to provide a willing but temporarily unemployed individual with the means to return to work. This may mean helping with the cost of tools, necessary education or required permits. It's a bridge for the gap between jobs.
Independent Living Grants
Those that are disabled or otherwise unable to work often must get by on very limited resources. This often means a social security check, disability benefits or other governmental assistance. However, these people remain self-sufficient on the little that they have. Which is why a one-time emergency can mean sending them tumbling into poverty. Individuals who are unable to work who find themselves in a bind qualify for the Independent Living Grants.
As a non-profit, Modest Needs knows that those who do good for others can sometimes struggle to fund their projects. Non-profits who are working for the good of the public are sometimes unable to make ends meet, which means that those they serve also suffer. Animal shelters, domestic violence homes and educational charities sometimes need supplies to help those in need. They can go before Modest Needs donors in hopes of fulfilling these urgent needs.
If you know of anyone to whom these situations apply, let them know we are here to help. Applications are done exclusively online, so all you need to do is tell them our web address to get them started: ModestNeeds.org.
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