UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has announced new grants available for children to help pay for medical expenses not covered by their parents’ commercial health care plan. The grant money can be used to cover critical treatment or continuing care services like speech therapy, physical therapy, and prescriptions, as well as medical equipment like wheelchairs, orthodontics, and eyeglasses. To be eligible for the awards of up to $5,000, children must be under 16, reside in the United States, and receive coverage from a commercial health plan. Grants will not be given to children covered by state or federally subsidized health insurance programs. Families apply individually, not through any intermediary nonprofit.
The Home Depot Housing Impact Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations in order to rebuild apartments or houses using environmentally friendly practices. Emphasis is on increasing energy and water efficiency, improving indoor air quality, reducing maintenance costs, and creating an end product that is affordable for individuals or families earning 80 percent or less than the area’s median income. Awards range from $500 to $3,000 each, and there is an on-line eligibility quiz that must be completed before submitting the entire application. Applications are accepted May 1 through June 15, 2008, from August 1 through September 15, 2008, and from November 1 through December 15, 2008.