Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants


 

About the Grants

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. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants are a benefit for Global members. 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, performing and supporting administrative duties, and beyond.

Overview

  • Since 2016, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation has awarded $64,100 to 33 Down syndrome organizations
  • Grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,000 each
  • Grants are awarded on an annual basis and there is no limit to consecutive funding
  • Global Down Syndrome Foundation representatives review all proposals

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a Global Down Syndrome Foundation member (to join or to learn more about memberships details and benefits, go to www.downsyndromeworld.org)
  • The proposal must be for a new educational program or a significant extension of an existing program; in both cases the educational program should have a clear and measurable impact that benefits people with Down syndrome
  • Only organizations that are designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS can apply, or if located outside of the US, equivalent proof of nonprofit charitable government issued status
  • Organizations must link from their websites to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (www.globaldownsyndrome.org) as a resource
  • A Grant Agreement with terms of post-program reporting must be signed once a Grantee is chosen in order to access the Grant funds

2019 Global Employment Initiative Grant Cycle – CLOSED

The 2020 Employment Initiative grant cycle will open December 2019. To learn more about the past grant cycle, read our press release announcement.. Check out Global’s Educational Grants opening March 2020!

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!


2019 Awardees

Nine employment programs received grants of $2,000, totaling $16,000.

  1. Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky (Bowling Green, KY)
  2. Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey (Brick, NJ)
  3. Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (Oakton, VA)
  4. Gigi’s Playhouse (Hoffman Estates, IL)
  5. Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (Boynton Beach, FL)
  6. Mi Works Matters (Livonia, MI)
  7. Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona (Mesa, AZ)
  8. Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH)

 


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)