HAND UP PROGRAM
Assists with providing:
One-time only funds for specialized technology and adaptive equipment.
Short-term professional services for speech, hearing, physical, emotional, and nutritional challenges and/or learning needs.
Cost of after school programs, tutoring, testing, and trainings.
To qualify, the applicant needs to:
Be 21 years old or under.
Have an Illinois Master Mason relative in good standing, who is living or deceased.
Need must be relevant to the overall development and well-being of the applicant
Needs are not covered by insurance or other financial/service resources
How to Apply:
A parent or legal guardian must complete an application for the child or young adult. Applicants 18 or older may complete the application themselves.
Complete a paper-version or online applications.
The child/young adult applicant(s) must have an identified need detailed in the application.
Sign the Compliance Agreement and Release of Information Sections.
Send completed application by mail or fax to: (217) 529-0242 or IMCAP, 2866 Via Verde, Springfield, IL 62703.
What to Expect After Applying:
Your application will be reviewed by the IMCAP Director (Director).
A phone conference to learn more about your needs will be scheduled with an IMCAP staff member.
The IMCAP staff member may provide referrals to relevant services related to the needs.
The Director will prepare a Request Report based on information from the application and conference calls
The Request Report will not contain the names of the applicants, parents/guardians or Illinois Master Mason relative.
The Director will present the Request Report to the Board of Managers to determine assistance plan during the monthly Board meeting.
If your requests needs immediate attention, the Director will present the Request Report to the Board Chairman.
The decision about providing assistance will be communicate to via phone or email.
Lodge’s Role in the Application Process:
Educate members and member’s family about the Hand Up service.
Make referrals to the IMCAP Director for children or young adults who could benefit from the service.