The Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities will consider grants to schools, public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations in Delaware County to modify facilities to make them handicapped accessible. Grants are funded from local tax dollars and will be limited to $3,000 per project. The grant does require that the organization provide a 50% match for the project. The grants applicant agrees to have a plaque placed near to the project that states “Accessibility Project funded in part by the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.” The Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities will provide the plaque at no cost to the applicant.
Applications will be accepted at any time. Please complete the application on the attached page. A decision on fully completed applications will be made within thirty days and will be dependent on available funds, specifications, drawings and information submitted with the application. Applications cannot be accepted on projects that have already begun or are completed.
Grants will be evaluated based on their impact on accessibility to the general public who has disabilities. The purpose of the grant is to help with cost specific accessibility modifications and not to fund major renovations, such as new restrooms. However, adding enhancements beyond code requirements will be considered for an accessibility grant. For example, adding a personal assistance restroom might qualify.
As part of the evaluation we may suggest simpler, less expensive alternatives to increase handicapped accessibility. Projects will not be considered for facilities that serve only a limited membership such as clubs or churches.
Applicant will receive reimbursement within thirty days of…
- completion of the project;
- submission of reimbursement request; and
- submission of photographs showing the modifications and plaque.