Kellar Institute Announces Opportunity Grants

Posted: February 23, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities now offers opportunity grants to parents, people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, and trainers in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area through a Kellar endowment. The grants require compatibility with the mission of the Kellar Institute–to improve the lives and productivity of people with disabilities–and are separated into three categories: parents and individuals with disabilities (up to $500), service providers (up to $2,000), and George Mason faculty and scholars (up to $15,000).

Grants for parents and people with disabilities enable applicants to access services, training, and other resources, such as conferences, tutoring, extracurricular activities, and self-advocacy or self-determination training. At least 20 awards are available this year. Grants for service providers allow teachers, trainers, counselors, and adult service providers to engage in innovative activities on behalf of the individuals they serve, including classroom and community innovations, activities that raise individual achievement, and sponsorship of or attendance at conferences and training opportunities. At least 10 awards are available this year.

Grants for George Mason scholars enable faculty members and graduate students to develop and implement innovative research, training, technical assistance, model programs, or policy, such as technology development, community-university partnerships, cognitive or learning research, curriculum design, program development, or sponsorship of conferences or symposia. At least two awards are available this year.

Requests for funding do not have to follow a specified format. Parent and individual grants should be limited to one page; service provider grants should be two to five pages; and faculty and scholar grants should be no more than 10 pages. All grant applications should include the following information: name of requester, amount requested, relation to Kellar Institute mission, need for funding, plans, other resources or matching funds, projected outcomes, and plan to report outcomes to the Kellar Institute.

Send applications to the Policy Committee, Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, MS 1F2. Applications are reviewed quarterly in October, January, April, and July.

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