Global Grant Funds Employment Initiative

Global celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness Month by announcing a new
grant program that aims to increase jobs for self-advocates

Alan Beals at Crnic Institute

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Self Advocate Employment Initiative Grants will provide up to $2,000 per grant to local Down syndrome organizations around the United States to fund employment initiative programs. The grants will empower local Down syndrome organizations to hire a person with Down syndrome.

The first year will be a litmus test for the program with ten grants being provided. The plan is to expand the program over the next five years. In addition, the grants will provide parameters to help ensure that such efforts are successful and sustainable.

Global will begin accepting requests for action (RFA) in December 2015. The recipients will be announced at the DSAIA 2016 Leadership Conference in Charlotte, March 3-6, 2016.

To be eligible for a grant, a local Down syndrome organization must be a member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. (To become a member or to learn more about Global’s memberships please go to

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