CareFaxLTC Kellar Accessibility Grants Available (Fairfax County Adult/Organization Caregivers)

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CareFaxLTC Kellar Accessibility Grants

CareFaxLTC is partnering with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University to offer cash grants to adults with disabilities or to organizations that care for adults with disabilities. 
CareFaxLTC encourages creativity in the requests.  In general, recipients need to be 18 years old or older and be a resident or provider in the Fairfax area, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns located within Fairfax County.  Recipients will also be required to allow CareFaxLTC to publicize their stories, including names and photographs, if
CareFaxLTC so requests.  Recipients will be invited to a reception in their honor during March (date not yet determined).

There are two types of grants with different audiences and purposes.
Individual Grants of up to $500 each are available for persons with disAbilities who need assistance.  Grants should be for accessing services or resources that would otherwise be unavailable to the individual.  One example of a past grant was for an 18 year old who had a leg brace that was made when the applicant was 12 years old.  The brace was old and undersized.  The applicant used the grant to obtain a new brace.  Another example was the use of funds to pay fees for summer recreational therapeutic riding.  Another provided funding for a caregiver and individual to attend an assistive technology conference. These examples are not intended to define or limit an applicant’s request for assistance.

Service Provider Grants of up to $2,000 each are available for small providers who serve multiple individuals.  Grants could be for equipment or services that enable the provider to improve service to a group of individuals.  One example of a past grant was for a teacher who needed assistive technology for her classroom for students with disAbilities.  Another example was for a group home to hire a consultant to provide evaluations and recommendations for home modifications for the residents.  A third example was for extended training to program staff related to positive behavior supports.  These examples are not intended to define or limit an applicant’s request for assistance.

How to Apply:  The application process is easy, just one page.  Please send via e-mail your name, organization name (if applicable), address, telephone number, e-mail, and the type of grant for which you are applying.  Then tell us in a paragraph or two what you would use the funds to do.  The examples above give you an idea of the broad range of possibilities, so be creative, but get what you need.  Please send applications via e-mail to [email protected] by February 28, 2009.  If you need an accommodation or assistance in preparing your application, please let us know in an e-mail or by leaving a message on our voice line at 571-321-2018 (TTY 711 Relay).  We will get back to you as soon as possible.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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