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Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle

Categories: Developmental Disabilities


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 meet our grant priorities.

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.

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 applications. Grant requests may be up to $40,000. In the past, grant awards have ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

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.

The DD Giving Circle does not support the following:

  • Programs that serve children and youth
  • General operating costs
  • Individuals and events
  • Scholarships
  • Political or legislative advocacy

Application Due Date(s)

Please Note: Giving Circle members are working on a special project for the 2020 grant round. No date has been set for announcing what it will entail. Keep an eye on our quarterly e-newsletter, Grant Opportunities. (Click to subscribe.)


Not accepting applications at this time.


Contact DDGivingCircle@gmail.com with any questions.

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