I am unfamiliar with the grants and am also interested to see if anyone has info on this.
I so VERY well remember the lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng recovery from my fusion and the bills and depression. I thought I had things under control when "I went down" but before long I was drowning in debt. I had no short term disability and lost my car and my credit in 4 short months. Hopefully the pain you experience after pt - IS your muscles arguing about things ~ by all means if it concerns you ask your Dr!!
Listen to your body over anyone else - this was a lesson I had to learn the hard way as I'm sure many people here have.
Dr's may try to help but NOBODY knows our pain like we do!
If memory serves my Dr released me back to work within the time frame your trying to acheive but, I strongly suggest you start back part time!!
OK, now we already have something in common for I AM THE ONE rattling on - LOL
Best of Luck to you
and please keep us posted