It may be surprising to some, but grants are available for people of tall stature. Keep in mind that, in order to be awarded grant money, you’ll need to demonstrate why you should receive these benefits over other grant contenders and how you will use the funds—most grantors simply request that you share your story and what you hope to accomplish with the money, and you shouldn’t be afraid to be truthful and personal.
With all that in mind, here are some of the best grants that tall people may be eligible for, that cover all aspects of home accessibility, college financial aid, and medical assistance:
Home Accessibility Grants
Having an accessible house to call your own shouldn’t be a challenge. If you want to improve your quality of life at home, there are dozens of home accessibility grants to check out—this way, you can receive financial assistance for some, or even all, of your home modifications expenses. This can also sometimes apply for the expense of moving homes if home modification isn’t viable. Two of the most well-known grant resources for home accessibility are The Think Alive Achievement Grant and Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps. The former is designed for youths, while the latter is focused on repairing homes and revitalizing communities. In addition, the National Council of State Housing Agencies offers individuals and families a wide range of housing support and assistance. Finally, the Self-Sufficiency Grant from ModestNeeds.Org offers support to those individuals and families who need assistance but don’t qualify as “low-income” households, necessarily.
College Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
There are also plenty of scholarships and grants for tall students who plan to attend college. For instance, Tall Clubs International (TCI) maintains an educational scholarship program that provides tuition assistance specifically to tall students. TCI scholarships are awarded and administered by local chapters; these chapters are scattered throughout both the United States and Canada. Keep in mind that TCI scholarships are usually given to students who are in their first year of college or their last year of high school. In addition, it’s worth checking into Pell Grants to see if you qualify for financial assistance; students will just need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Both of these are excellent options for tall students.
Those who aren’t able to shoulder the costs for their medical bills, or whose insurance doesn’t cover much, should look to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to help pay for exorbitant medical costs. Requirements do vary by state, but it’s certainly worth looking into.
Being tall shouldn’t hinder you from participating fully in life—while grants for tall people aren’t as common as some other types of grants, tall people can qualify for a number of home accessibility, medical, and educational assistance grants. A scholarship or grant can help you pay for college, remodel your home and make it more accessible for your height, and pay for some of your medical bills. The money is out there; it’s all about finding it—those people applying for grants should carefully consider all of their options and apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible.