Debt Elimination Grant
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why is there an application fee?
Answer: We must assess a minimal application processing fee because our programs and services are completely non-profit and A Real Chance Inc. does not take any profits for any of the services and programs offered. In order to continue to operate all of our outreach programs we must have some form of sustainability and this is the primary use of the $10 application processing fee. In an effort to limit restrictions on applicant eligibility, A Real Chance Inc is not funded by or affiliated with any government agencies. We use all of our own funds and donations to support our programs and as a result our eligibility requirements are not governed by the typical standards for government funded public assistance.
Question: Why is it that I can never reach anyone over the phone?
Answer: Please understand the A Real Chance Incorporated is completely non-profit and we do not use any of the funding that we receive to pay any staff. All individuals that assist in the managing of A Real Chance Inc are all unpaid volunteers. Due to limited availability of our volunteers, there is rarely anyone available to answer or return phone calls. We encourage all inquiries be submitted in writing and either sent via email or regular mail. Please visit our Contact Us page to view all of our contact information.
Question: Can I ask for a refund of my application fee?
Answer: Yes. If you are not awarded a grant or if you no longer wish to participate in the SC Debt Elimination Grant program, you may request a refund of your application processing fee. Please note, that if you request a refund, you forfeit any and all rights to receive any type of assistance through the United Hope Fund and/or A Real Chance Inc. If you provided a hardship letter with your application, your hardship posting will be removed from our donor website (www.unitedhopefund.org) and you will no longer be eligible to receive any grant funds or applicant support services from A Real Chance Inc. Put all refund requests in writing and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can submit your request by regular mail to: A Real Chance Inc., P.O. Box 73003, N. Charleston, SC 29415. Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and hardship ID# (if applicable)
Question: What happens after I apply?
Answer: Once your application and application fee have been received, you will be sent a confirmation letter, acknowledging the receipt of your application and the processing procedures will be outlined for you as well.
Question: Can others in my household apply for this grant too?
Answer: Any person over the age of 18 can apply for this grant, as long as they do not make more than $50,000 per year and have at least $1,500 in personal debt.
Question: Is there any chance, that I will pay my money and get nothing in return?
Answer: Yes and No. As long as you submit a detailed explanation of your hardship along with your application and application fee you are guaranteed to receive a grant award as outlined in the application packet. However, if you do not submit a detailed explanation of your hardship along with your application and application fee, you are not guaranteed to receive a grant award.
Question: Will I have to pay any of the money back that I receive from the Debt Elimination Grant?
Answer: No. You never pay back any of the money that you receive from this grant. Any and all funding you receive are yours to keep. We only hope that you will be responsible with any funding you may receive and that you are able to pay off some or all of your debt as a result of receiving our grant funds.
Question: Will I have to prove my income?
Answer: Yes. It must be determined that you gross less than $50,000 per year.
Question: Will I have to prove how much debt I have?
Answer: Yes. It must be determined that you are at least $1,500 in debt.
Question: Will you check my credit?
Answer: No. We do not check your credit at any time. We only view your credit report if you choose to use it to prove your debt.
Question: Is there a deadline?
Answer: No. Applications are accepted at all times.
Question: When will I receive a grant?
Answer: Emergency grant awards are awarded in the order upon which they are processed and there is not way to determine the exact date that awards will go out until after the award funds have been released. Grant awards made through the United Hope Fund are awarded as they are received and there is no way to predetermine the amount or exact date and time an award will be granted until after the award funds have been released.
Question: What company is offering this grant?
Answer: This Debt Elimination Grant is sponsored by A Real Chance, Incorporated. There are also private contributions being made by individuals with invested interest in the economic development of the areas in which this grant is being offered.
Question: Is this grant offered or funded by the government?
Answer: No. This is not government affiliated, whatsoever. The funds for this grant are solely provided by private contributions made by individuals/companies and from a portion of the application processing fees.