Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants

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After a successful inaugural year awarding $15,800 to 8 Down syndrome organizations, Global is proud to present the second annual Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants (“Grant(s)”). The Grants empower local Down syndrome organizations to hire individuals with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome can be excellent employees and some employers have reported a higher satisfaction level among all workers when they have co-workers who have Down syndrome.

The long-term intentions of the Grants are to provide much needed funding to local Down syndrome organizations to employ people with Down syndrome and to help attract sustainable funding from other sources. By following the parameters of success provided by this Grant, Global hopes that over time dozens if not hundreds of individuals with Down syndrome can become empowered and engaged employees.

Proposals for the Grants are due to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation by 5:00pm (MDT) on Friday, January 27, 2017. The Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $2,000 and recipients will be announced at the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, OH in February 2017.
Download the application today! Please note, when downloading the interactive grant application, save the form to your computer before you begin filling it out; you may lose the information if you begin working on it in your Internet browser. Contact Global at 303-321-6277 with any questions.


2016 Awardees

Eight employment programs received grants varying from $1,800 to $2,000, totaling $15,800. The eight Down syndrome organizations were announced at the 2016 Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Charlotte.

  1. Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)
  2. Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-south (Memphis, TN)
  3. Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (St. Francis, WI)
  4. Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (Danville, CA)
  5. Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (Boynton Beach, FL)
  6. GraceSigns (Tiburon, CA)
  7. Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico (Roswell, NM)
  8. Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH)