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Brighter Tomorrow Grant Applications Available

7/1/2009

Beginning July 1 and continuing until October 1, the MSF will be accepting applications for the Brighter Tomorrow Grant (BTG) Program. Each year, the MSF makes dreams come true for people with MS through this program by providing goods or services—valued at up to $1000 per recipient—to people with MS nationwide.
 
The goal is to improve the quality of life for people with MS by enhancing their safety, self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being.  Past recipients of the grant have received car repairs, ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, eyeglasses, appliances, televisions, furniture, therapeutic equipment, hobby supplies, retreats, and various home modifications.
 
To qualify, a recipient must be 18 years of age or older and diagnosed with MS, or be the parent of a minor child diagnosed with MS.  They must be a legal U.S. resident and must not have any other means of fulfilling their wish. Applicants are asked to provide basic personal and financial information, and to write a brief essay of 100 words or less to describe how the grant would help them.
 
Requests made to the BTG Program must be for specific goods or services.  Applications asking for cash and medications are not considered.  Requests for items covered through other MSF grants—such as assistive devices and computers—will be referred to those programs.
 
Applications will be made available on this website (click Programs and Activities, the Brighter Tomorrow Grant), in MSFocus magazine, or by calling 888-673-6287.  Previous recipients of the BTG are ineligible for future BTGs but are welcome to apply for services through other MSF grant programs.



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