Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Danielle McDonald
For persons living with disabilities in North Carolina, there are many sources of disability grants. Several of the grants can be used to buy or lease a new or used wheelchair van, or modify and add accessories for handicapped vans. This includes dropped floors, access ramps, various types of wheelchair or scooter lifts, swiveling seats, adaptive driving controls, and more.
The following North Carolina-based groups are your starting points if you need financial aid to afford your handicapped-friendly vehicle. You may contact a mobility consultant to find the best ones for you. Several allow you to directly apply for monetary assistance from them, while others will direct you to sources of North Carolina disability grants that you or your family might be eligible for.
Furthermore, contact the state offices of national foundations and organizations that specialize in your specific cause of impaired mobility. Many provide grants for disabled people, and all provide valuable information to aid your search.
Sources for North Carolina Disability Grants and Assistance
North Carolina Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
ADRCs are available across the nation to provide reliable information to seniors and the disabled citizens about the benefits and services they have access to. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Administration on Community Living operate the ADRCs.
2101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2101
North Carolina Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Click the link above to find your local AAA. It is a valuable resource for those in North Carolina who have age- or disability-related mobility limitations or other difficulties. It can provide guidance on how to secure financial aid for accessibility conversions or wheelchair vans.
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
This is the same as the AAA Disability Grants in North Dakota.
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
The NCATP offers loan and device demonstrations, finding financial aid, assistive technology training, and other services for North Carolina residents with disabilities. For assistance in determining where to apply for disability grants to acquire a handicap van, please contact NCATP.
4900 Waters Edge Dr., Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27606
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
A Governor-appointed, majority-disabled board manages the Council. This board has the responsibility of promoting systems change to allow individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and their families, to take part in the design of and have access culturally competent services and support. This also includes other assistance and opportunities that promote inclusive communities. Although the Council does not provide grant money for vehicle modifications or vehicles, it is a great source of 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 of North Carolina represents US veterans residing in the state, and helps them get the benefits they are entitled to. These benefits often include financial aid for a handicapped-accessible vehicle if mobility impairment resulted from military service or VA-provided treatment.
1315 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1315
This is very similar to the VA Disability Grants in New York.
North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
The North Carolina DVRS provides job placement services and support to assist persons with disabilities acquire independence with a rewarding job. This division of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services may provide a disability grant if you are able to purchase a handicap van to help you find and keep a job. To find the office in your county, contact a mobility consultant.
North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
All SILCs in the country are federally mandated. A Governor-appointed, majority-disabled board operates the SILCs. They promote independent living for the elderly and disabled residents of the state. Although the council does not provide grant money, it is a great source of guidance.
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 206
Raleigh, NC 27605