Funding

There are many ways to fund hearing loops and other assistive listening systems, including individual contributions, campaigns, grants, regular budgets, etc. What have others done?

Hometown Grant Program: Revitalizing Small Towns | T-Mobile

Perhaps you know a town that needs a hearing loop?

Possibly, funds could be used for hearing loops in places like community centers, theaters, senior centers, arts spaces, and so on. Requirements:

  • Small towns only (50,000 people or fewer)
  • Projects must “foster local connections, like technology upgrades, outdoor spaces, the arts, and community centers.”
  • Elected officials, town managers/employees, tribal leaders, or nonprofit community leaders can apply.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. It is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). State libraries use the funds to support statewide initiatives and also distribute the funds through subgrants or cooperative agreements to public, school, academic, research, and special libraries. There is a requirement for a state match, which helps stimulate approximately three to four dollars for every federal dollar invested.

The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages.

IRS Tax Credits and Deductions. The tax deduction is available to all businesses up to $15,000 per year. To assist businesses with complying with the ADA, Section 44 of the IRS Code allows a tax credit for small businesses and Section 190 of the IRS Code allows a tax deduction for all businesses.

Some national religious organizations offer some grants. Here’s a list Zotero online library.