Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants


 

Since 2016, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation has awarded $31,200 to Down syndrome organizations across the United States through its Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants. The Grants help organizations hire new employees with Down syndrome or extend employment of existing employees with Down syndrome. The variety of jobs self-advocates will be performing include creating social media campaigns, making signing videos, presenting interactive awareness workshops at schools, and performing and supporting administrative duties.

It has been reported that those who have a co-worker with Down syndrome have higher work satisfaction levels; Global Down Syndrome Foundation hopes to spread the positive impact by supporting more people with Down syndrome in the workforce in the coming years through the annual Employment Initiative Grants. Eligibility to receive an Employment Initiative Grant is just one of the benefits of Global membership. To learn about other member benefits and to become a member please visit the membership page.

 


2019 Grant Cycle – Now Accepting Applications!

The 2019 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grant cycle is now open! Proposals for the Grants are due by 5:00pm (MDT) on Friday, January 18, 2019. The Employment Initiative Grants are a competitive grant program and every year Global awards up to $16,000 to Down syndrome organizations. Applicants will be notified in March 2019 and recipients will be awarded in amounts up to $2,000 each.

Start your application today!

Please note, this cycle’s grant application is now in a web-based format. You will need to create a login and make note of your login information for ongoing access to your application. You will work on your grant application online and can save your progress until you are ready to submit. Please note that when uploading attachments, you will need to first select a file and then press upload. The grant application system uses the following email domain: mail@grantapplication.com. Please add it to your safe-senders list to be sure you receive all communications.

View your account and saved grant progress here

Contact Global’s Grants Coordinator Ashley Sparhawk at 720-548-5605 or asparhawk@globaldownsyndrome.org with any questions.

Together, we are helping save and transform lives!


2018 Awardees

Nine employment programs received grants varying from $900 to $2,000, totaling $16,900.

  1. ACDS (Plainview, NY)
  2. Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands (Omaha, NE)
  3. Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (Bryan, TX)
  4. Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  5. Down Syndrome Family Connection (Bloomington, IN)
  6. Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
  7. Down Syndrome of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
  8. Down Syndrome Network Arizona (Tempe, AZ)
  9. Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas (Fort Worth, TX)

 


2017 Awardees

Eight employment programs received grants varying from $1,800 to $2,000, totaling $15,400. The eight Down syndrome organizations were announced at the 2017 Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference in Cincinnati. View the press release here.

  1. Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands (Omaha, NE)
  2. Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  3. Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI)
  4. Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (West Allis, WI)
  5. Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (Danville, CA)
  6. GraceSigns (Tiburon, CA)
  7. Inclusion Connections (Olathe, KS)
  8. The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH)

 


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)