The Funding

Now that a plan has been created by the team that meets the overall lifestyle goals as well as the safety and security of the person served, it is time to find and secure funding for the technology supports that will be utilized.

Funding options differ not only for the technology supports being utilized, but for the underlying services and living situation as well.

Select below to begin planning from the perspective that matches your interests.



Explore technology support funding options to help serve clients and extend staff reach.

Seek Funding

Family & Self-Advocates

Learn about the funding options available for funding technology supports.

Seek Funding

Case Managers

Explore funding options and determine waiver eligibility

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Additional resources to find funding

How to Fund Technology Supports

After having the initial conversation about technology supports and then making a plan to implement that technology, individuals, families, providers, and case managers often find themselves at odds with forms and paperwork. This at best slows down the whole process and at worst can halt it completely. Never fear, we’ll take you through the process and help you get your projects back on track.

Assistive Technology Microgrant

Minnesota Microgrant Partnership

The Arc Minnesota asks, “How could $500 change your life?”. The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership offers grants from $100 to $2000 with the average awarded value between $700-$800. Grants can be used for employment, housing, or community integration for people with disabilities.

Funding 101

Funding 101

There are numerous funding streams that providers and service recipients can use to support
technology use.

Investing in Better Outcomes

A Case for Provider Investment

While the state of Minnesota boasts one of the richest, most comprehensive funding structures for technology, there continue to be areas in which funding is not available. Lack of formal funding should not deter providers from considering to invest their own dollars in certain solutions which make sense to help improve an organization’s ability to encourage independence of the people we support as well as helping an organization become more effective.

The Business of Independence

A New Way of Doing Business

As people served were expressing a stronger desire to be more independent, Dungarvin staff thought through scenarios on how to navigate both the independence desire and how they would provide services in the future. Technology was their answer.

Do the numbers add up?

Do the Numbers

When deciding to implement a new support strategy it is important to run a cost analysis to fully plan out the business case for your organization. A sample cost analysis has been created below that can be used to help analyze anticipated costs and revenue when going from on-site sleep to alternative overnight supervision.

The Funding for Case Managers

Case managers are ultimately responsible for authorizing the type and amount of waiver services or any other government funded equipment and/or services. Determining the person’s eligibility for different funding and technology supports/services is the same as for any other support.

The Funding for Family and Self-Advocates

To begin assessing which funding options are available,  family and self-advocates should connect with their case manager to determine waiver eligibility.

Technology 101: The Funding

Technology 101: The Funding walks students through the funding phase of the technology implementation process, including how to identify the different types of funding solution in Minnesota and determine the best funding options based on the person’s needs, goals, and environment

The Funding for Providers

Providers should work directly with case managers to ensure the proper funding is selected. The case manager and their network should be a good source of knowledge regarding specific waivers and what is allowable. However, providers should not rely solely on case managers to have all of the specific waiver and funding information. It is important to go above and beyond and learn what is and what is not allowable under certain rate systems.