For plans, use an internet search engine (e.g., Google), type "Wheelchair ramp plans" for numerous results. The Minnesota Ramp Project at www.wheelchairramp.org makes available a manual and video which include plans with a material list for a modular ramp system that requires no in-ground posts and can be built off site usually in a day. Their site also contains information on permits, building codes, funding, and safety.
For construction help, you might contact the local high school agriculture education teacher or FFA chapter advisor. These chapters are often looking for community service projects to undertake. Other local entities that might help build (or fund) a ramp include civic clubs (e.g., Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary), Young Farmers, building-trades unions, churches, and other faith-based organizations.
For funding help, monies might be available through your local Area Agency on Aging (you do not have to be elderly to use their services). To contact: By phone—look in the white pages for "Area Agency," look in the yellow pages under "Government, U.S," or look in a separate section in front of the white pages that lists government offices. On the Web—go to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Web site (www.hhs.gov); scroll down to "HHS Family of Agencies;" and click on "Show Details" then on "Administration on Aging;" under Elders and Families, click on "Find Local Programs;" then type in your ZIP code, city, or county, and click on the "Search" button.
The Minnesota Ramp Project at www.wheelchairramp.org has a funding section, and another good source for funding is Vocational Rehabilitation or Rehabilitation Services, etc. (titles vary by state). By phone—look in the yellow pages under "Government, State" or in a separate section in front of the white pages that lists state government offices. On the Web—go to www.agrability.org and click on "Resources" then "Vocational Rehabilitation contact information."