Funding to improve accessibility for school garden

Earthmom(z7 VA)February 5, 2005

Greetings! I'm researching funding sources for an accessibility project our school is undertaking. We were blessed with the donation of a wheelchair accessible bed by Aeolian, a wonderful firm in PA, and now want to make sure the area around the bed is wheelchair friendly.

I've found some matting that's made from recycled tires, and it's not inexpensive. I estimate that between the matting and the cement underlayer for the tiles, our cost will be about $2,500.

Does anyone know of a foundation which supports accessibility projects?

I'd also love to hear of any other ideas for making the

walkway wheelchair friendly.

Thanks,

Jeanne

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Clare(z6 MO)

Doesn't your school system provide the funds to make its programs accessible?

Is it necessary to put both the concrete pad and the rubber surface? It seems like the concrete is sufficient. Depending on how the old tire surface is textured, it could even impede wheelchair movement. Hope you can consult with someone who knows.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2005 at 9:28PM
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Lauer354947(z7 MD)

I work for a non-profit and part of my job is fundraising, including grant writing. Your best bet is always to start locally. Local Lowe's or Home Depot stores may be able to help with donated supplies. Service organizations such as the Lions, ELKs, VFW, etc. are a good source for donations in the $500 to $1000 range. Check with your local Community Foundation, they may be able to fund the whole project. Good luck, Carolyn

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 12:07PM
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