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Applying for an ALEF Grant

NMD United offers independent living grants to adults with neuromuscular disabilities (NMD) through the Alex Landis Empowerment Fund (ALEF). These grants assist with out-of-pocket costs that are related to living with a disability. 


You can apply for and receive up to 3 of these grants this year (max $500):

  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Advertising, up to $250 USD

  • Consumable Medical Supplies (CMS), up to $250 USD

  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME), up to $250 USD

  • Assistive Technology (AT), up to $250 USD

  • Accessible Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VEH), up to $250 USD


If you have received a grant in prior years, we encourage you to apply again. 




Any adult living with a NMD is eligible to apply for grants, regardless of income. 


Your NMD is verified if:

  • You are a member of the Facebook group “Living with M.D.”; or

  • You submit a letter from a medical professional with a NMD diagnosis; or

  • You previously received an ALEF grant. 



I. Reimbursement

Grants can be given as reimbursement, which means you have already purchased the items/services. 


Reimbursement process:

  1. Purchase item/service 

  2. Complete grant application, including proof of NMD

  3. Submit proof of payment

  4. If approved, you will receive the grant via PayPal


II. Financial Hardship 


Grants can be given under financial hardship, which means you need the grant first to purchase the items/services. 


Financial hardship process:

  1. Complete grant application, including proof of NMD

  2. Upload quote for item/service

  3. If approved, you will receive the grant via PayPal 

  4. Purchase item/service 

  5. Submit proof of payment


It may take up to 30 days for the ALEF Committee to contact you about your grant application.

You must have a PayPal account in order to receive your grant. 

Apply using


  1. Create an account.

  2. Complete your profile.

  3. Apply for a grant.

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