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Developmental Disabilities

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Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle


As family and friends of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), members of the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle (DDGC) are committed to supporting innovative projects and programs that will help adults with I/DD (18 years old and older who have completed school) lead fulfilling, productive, and meaningful lives.

The innovations we support must be measurable, sustainable, widely applicable, and — most importantly — promote maximum independence for individuals with I/DD.

What Do We Mean By Innovation?
We are looking for new approaches to solving existing problems that are accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or service models. Refer to the DDGC web page to see previous grant recipients as examples of innovative proposals.

Giving Circle Membership
The DDGC was founded in 2014 by a group of parents, siblings, and advocates. Membership includes family members, friends, and individuals with I/DD who pool their money each year and decide together how it should be distributed.

Giving Circle Funding Guidelines
The DDGC considers and funds programs serving the adult community with I/DD that are innovative and replicable. Although no multi-year requests will be considered, applications for continued funding may be made on an annual basis provided appropriate progress on current grant. Funds should be expended within one year from the date of the grant funding, if possible. Clearly defined and measurable outcomes must be included in each proposal.

The DDGC seeks to support programs that provide innovations in technology, training, collaborative programming, and community linkages that aid and support any of the areas listed below. Areas of particular interest for 2018 include employment success, solutions for transportation and staffing, residential supports, social and recreational options, communications strategies, and addressing poverty in the I/DD community.

  • Employment Readiness and Success: Alternative employment options; learning new skills; staying on task; and work behaviors
  • Transportation: Available; dependable; and easy to navigate
  • Residential Living: Budgeting; shopping; and cooking
  • Staffing Solutions: Finding and hiring staff for self-directed plans
  • Increasing Social Opportunities: Recreation; disability awareness tools; and self-advocacy
  • Daily Living Activities and Personal Care: Speech; eating; and mobility
  • Optimized Health and Wellness: Monitoring with less staff;  medication  administration; health data reporting; and wellness initiatives (healthy food, exercise, etc.)

The DDGC does not support the following:

  • Existing programs
  • Programs that serve children and youth
  • Individuals and events

Typical Grant Size

Giving Circle members will determine how many grants and the size of the grants awarded based on the number and quality of the applications. Only grant proposals of $1,000 or more will be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties with 501(c)(3) status whose activities and programs fit within the mission and scope of DDGC’s funding guidelines (programs serving adults 18 and older) are eligible to apply for grants. Consideration will also be given to initiatives that receive fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3) organization.

Application Due Date(s)

The most recent deadline was Thursday, February 15, 2018. Future opportunities will be announced in our quarterly e-newsletter, News You Can Use. (Click to subscribe.)


We are not accepting applications at this time. For reference only, see the most recent DDGC Grant Application.

Notification Date(s)

Successful grant applicants from the early 2018 call for applications will be notified before the end of May 2018. Grants will be presented at a breakfast celebration in June.


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