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Family Grant Program

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Fall 2014 Family Grants


Family Grants are made available to the membership of The Up Side of Downs to provide financial assistance which directly improves the life of the individual with Down syndrome. The funding for Family Grants comes from donations and fund raisers. Grants are awarded based on the availability of funds, which varies based on the amount of donations and participation in fund raisers in a given year.


Grants are NOT based on the financial status of the family, and will be awarded once per calendar year per individual with Down syndrome. Receipt of a grant in one year, does not guarantee receipt of a grant the following year. Must be a resident of Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas or Wayne counties. Priority is given to active members of USOD and volunteer hours are encouraged.

Grant Amounts

Financial assistance is awarded for either Non-Medical recreational activities such as dance classes, athletic activities or summer camps up to $300 or Direct-Medical expenses up to $600.  All grants are awarded in the form of a check payable only to the service provider (e.g. summer camp, speech therapist, medical supply store, etc.).  Grants will NOT be awarded for iPad/tablet devices, hotel/travel expenses or gym/recreation center memberships.  Supporting documentation is required to process the grant request (i.e. medical bill, EOB, invoice from service provider, camp application, etc.) and should be mailed with application or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Application Process

Please complete the attached Family Grant Application.  Feel free to include an explanation of any unusual/special circumstances regarding your need.  Once your application is received, the Grant Committee will review it and determine if the applicant is eligible. Final decisions will be made after the deadline of October 15, 2014.

The Grant Committee will notify the family in writing with an explanation of the decision. If a favorable determination is made, USOD will write a check to the service provider indicated on the application. All grants will be mailed to the Applicant, however it is the Applicant's responsibilty to present the check to the provider. If you need any assistance, please contact USOD at 216.447.USOD (8763) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Complete ONLINE (Download required) or print the Family Grant Application and mail to:

The Up Side of Downs
4807 Rockside Road, Suite 200
Independence, OH 44131
Attn: Grants Committee

Applications must be received by October 15, 2014 to be considered.

Thank You!



One Independence Place | 4807 Rockside Road, Suite 200 | Independence, OH 44131  |  p: 216.447.USOD (8763)

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