Noun assistance has 2 senses
  1. aid, assist, assistance, help - the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an assist with the housework"; "could not walk without assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered his help in unloading"
    --1 is a kind of activity
    --1 has particulars:
     self-help; facilitation; hand, helping hand; recourse, resort, refuge; thanks; financial aid; relief, succor, succour, ministration; lift; service; accommodation; boost, encouragement; support
    Derived form: verb assist1
  2. aid, assistance, help - a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance to depressed areas"
    --2 is a kind of resource