Charitable Program

Midwest Special Needs Trust Charitable Trust Program provides financial assistance grants to impoverished residents of Missouri with a Social Security verifiable disability.

The maximum grant award is $1500. Grants may be requested for medical and dental care, rehabilitative services or equipment, educational assistance, specialized transportation and other needs not covered by public benefits or available through other community programs.


Missouri residents who are US citizens are eligible to apply for a grant if they:

  • Have a Social Security verified disability defined as mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Whether the impairment is congenital or acquired by accident, injury or disease, it must be verified by medical findings.
  • Meet income guidelines established by Midwest Special Needs Trust and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Yearly gross household income must not exceed the following:

Persons in Household Maximum Income
1 $12,880
2 $17,420
3 $21,960
4 $26,500
5 $31,040
6 $35,580
7 $40,120
8 $44,660

  • Have no other funding source available for the item or service requested such as, but not limited to, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or a special needs trust with MSNT or another trust organization.
  • Have not received a grant from MSNT within the last 12 months.

Types of Grants Available

General Grants

This type of grant is available to supplement basic needs by providing disability related goods and services which are beyond the financial means of the individual.

Grants are awarded by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for these applications are: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. Completed applications must be received by 4:30 pm on or before the deadline date.

Urgent Grants

This type of grant is available only for urgent medical and health care needs which require immediate intervention.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and grant awards are made twice each month.