TOTS Grant Program - Applications now open for Foster Children with Disabilities
The Transforming Opportunities for Toddlers and Students (TOTS) Grant Program is now accepting applications from providers of foster care to support children with disabilities in Nevada's foster care system.
If you are a foster care provider in the State of Nevada, and would like to apply for grant funding for a child with a disability, please complete the application below:
The Transforming Opportunities for Toddlers and Students (TOTS) Grant Program is providing grants to Nevadans with disabilities to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and increase their opportunities to save for a brighter future.
Eligible children with disabilities can receive grants of $5,000 to use for everyday expenses such as school tuition, tutoring expenses, transportation, assistive technology, and other disability-related expenses.
These grants are intended to support children with disabilities who faced disparate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic impacts through building resiliency and increasing opportunities for advancement.
Being that assistance programs could potentially jeopardize an individual’s ability to qualify and maintain eligibility for benefits like Medicaid, Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); grants awarded under this program will be deposited into an ABLE account in the individual’s name to ensure their benefits are protected.
All grants awarded under this program, are not required to be paid back, and are intended to help Nevadans with disabilities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An initial $2 million has been allocated to support grants for foster children with disabilities under the TOTS Grant Program.
Submitting an initial application for the TOTS Grant Program does not guarantee receipt of grant funding. Once you apply using the form below, your information will be stored in the event that additional funding becomes available in the future.
For an individual to be eligible to receive a grant under this program, the individual must:
- Be Nevada resident;
- Be under the age of 18;
- Have a qualifying disability to open an ABLE account; and
- Have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or its economic effects.
Funds will be disbursed directly into an ABLE account for the child with a disability. Parents and/or guardians will have oversight over these funds.
Children who already have an ABLE account established in their name are also eligible to receive funds under this program.
Grants awarded under this program can be used for the following purposes:
- Educational expenses;
- Employment training and support;
- Assistive technology;
- Personal support services;
- Health care costs;
- Financial management; and
- Any other necessary disability-related expenses.
Grant Award Process
Step 1: To receive a TOTS Grant, a provider of foster care for a child with a disability will first need to submit an initial grant application.
Step 2: Once this initial application form has been received, the applicant will be contacted by email to establish an ABLE account under the Nevada ABLE Savings Program in their child's name.
Click here to open an ABLE account.
For assistance with opening an ABLE account, please view our ABLE Enrollment Guide.
Step 3: Once an ABLE account has been successfully established for the child, funds will be disbursed into the account, until such time as all funding for the program is exhausted.
If you have any questions during the application process, please email email@example.com.
*It may take at 4-6 weeks for funds to be received once an individual successfully applies for the program*
Applications for grant funding will begin being accepted on October 25, 2021, at 10 a.m.
The application period will remain open until all funding has been exhausted.