DCBDD believes that individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have the right to express their opinions and make decisions in matters that impact their lives and is committed to making self-advocacy a priority for the individuals we serve. To advance self-advocacy within the community, DCBDD has established a grant to assist organizations that empower individuals to act as self-advocates.

The purpose of the grant is to help with costs related to advocacy projects, training, and/or education opportunities that help individuals become stronger, more effective self-advocates. It also can help with outreach/awareness activities in the community. The grant is funded through local tax dollars and is limited to $5,000 per applicant. The total annual award for the Self-Advocacy Grant in any given calendar year is $20,000. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in a calendar year as long as the combined annual grant request for that year does not exceed $5,000.

Applicants for the Self-Advocacy Grant are being accepted and reviewed by the board and approved at their discretion within thirty days of the submission date providing funding is still available. Applications should include the name of the organization; the amount requested; the match amount provided by the organization including a detailed itemized projected budget; and a clear description of how the funds will enhance self-advocacy. Grant funding is not automatically disbursed. Grant recipients are required to request reimbursement and must submit copies of their receipts, invoices, canceled checks, etc.

Grant requests and questions should be directed to Kristine Hodge, Superintendent, Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035.

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