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Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits to
Support the Education of Individuals with Down Syndrome

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/17/20 5:00 PM (MST)


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Grants of up to $2,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to increase and support the employment of individuals with Down syndrome. Eligible proposals are to expand or create educational programs that are for the benefit of individuals with Down syndrome. Applicants must be members of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187498

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant must be a Global Down Syndrome Foundation member (to join or to learn more about memberships details and benefits, go to
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for the Grants are due by 5:00pm (MST) on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Applicants will be notified in March 2020.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis and there is no limit to consecutive funding.

Please note, this cycle’s grant application is in a web-based format. If you are new to Global’s grant portal, you will need to create a new applicant login at If you have applied for a grant in the past year, please continue to use the same login you created when you first used the portal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

The grant application system uses the following email domain:

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

Global Down Syndrome Foundation
3239 E. 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.