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Grants To Spur Down Syndrome Education


The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) are making available grants to support new educational programs. The two organizations will co-manage and co-fund the “Global Down Syndrome Educational Grants” that will benefit people with Down syndrome. Five grants of up to $15,000 each will be offered to NDSC affiliates over the coming year.

The grants were first announced at a workshop at the recent Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference in Washington DC.

“We are grateful to the National Down Syndrome Congress for providing us market research that highlighted a need in their local affiliate community for more educational programming and funding,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, executive director of GDSF.

“Our hope is that we can provide these grants each year to seed programs that can then use proof of concept results to find sustainable funding elsewhere,” she added. “If [the pilot is] successful, perhaps we can help launch dozens, if not hundreds, of programs in the future.”

“The Down syndrome community is truly coming together in a wonderful collaborative spirit and this is a perfect example of that,” said David Tolleson, executive director of NDSC. He went on: “Our affiliates do wonderful work but funding is difficult, especially for new programs. We are so pleased to be working with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to address this need and supply much needed funds to people who work tirelessly towards improving the lives of people with Down syndrome.”

Grant applications will be posted on both GDSF and NDSC websites. Completed applications should be downloaded, filled into the form and emailed to both info@globaldownsyndrome.org and info@ndsccenter.org.

Submission deadline is 5 p.m. (PST) May 3, 2012

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