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The Charitable Fund Award from Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) provides funds for equipment, medication, and/ or services to individuals with disabilities who demonstrate a financial need and reside in Virginia. The amount of an award per individual for 2017 is up to $1,000.

The application must be completed and verified by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency in Virginia that serves people with special needs. A maximum of 10 applications may be submitted from each organization or agency.

This is a new online application site for CCT's Charitable Fund Award. Please select "Sign Up"  to complete your registration as an applying organization's representative. Once you've successfully registered, you will be able to submit applications on behalf of the individuals you serve.

Before submitting an application, the following requirements must be met:

  • The recipient lives in Virginia and has a disability that meets the SSA definition of disabled. Disability for adults is defined as the inability to engage in “substantial gainful activity.”  There must be a physical or mental impairment that can be expected to last at least 1 year.  A child must have a physical or mental condition that very seriously limits his or her activities and is expected to last at least 1 year.

  • The recipient meets Federal poverty guidelines** and/or receives SSI benefits. For the 2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines, go to

  • The application must be completed and verified by a representative from a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves people with disabilities.

  • The funds being requested are for the purchase of either equipment or medication or services (not paid for by Medicaid, private insurance, or another source of funds) that will increase the recipient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, or to perceive, control or communicate within the environment in which he or she lives.

  • The application includes a price quote or estimate from the vendor.

  • Confirmation that the vendor will accept a check made payable directly to the vendor.

  • Confirmation that other sources of funds have been exhausted, denied or are unavailable.

This program is not intended to pay off a recipient’s debts, to fund services that are normally provided at no cost to the recipient, to pay for utility bills, or to provide a general source of income to the recipient or to the applying organization/agency.   

Contact Cheryl Carlyon, CCT Finance & Program Manager, via email at with questions.