Triangle Down Syndrome Network is a non-profit family support group. Our goal is support and connect families of children with Down syndrome through the organization or promotion of family activities. We want to ensure all people with Down syndrome have happy and productive lives and are fully included in the community.
To support this goal, key elements of our mission statement are:
To acknowledge the diversity of all individuals by providing an open and free information exchange of traditional and alternative choices
To ensure and promote rights, opportunities, and well being of individuals with Down syndrome
To provide information, educational opportunities and support for families with individuals with Down syndrome.
To promote, encourage, and stimulate the education, care, treatment, socialization, vocational development, and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.
To promote community awareness and action to inform the public about Down syndrome.
To promote the training of competent and sensitive personnel to aid in the education, care, treatment, transitions and habilitations of individuals with Down syndrome. To promote research into areas that will enhance the quality of life and improve treatment for individuals with Down syndrome.
This grant program will provide funding to support community awareness and activities for people with Down syndrome, their siblings, parents, and educators. While activities should focus on awareness and support of people with Down syndrome, they should be all inclusive for people with all abilities. TDSN reserves the right at any time, without prior notice to change the terms of the grant program and/or to withdraw the program altogether.
The program is restricted to the support of activities located in central North Carolina supporting the community in Raleigh , Cary , Durham and the surrounding areas.
Eligibility is restricted to non-profit organizations and/or individuals or groups which are not associated with a for-profit corporation. Funds are not available to support the salary of any individual associated with the event. This program is not intended to be funding for an individual to attend an event on any sort nor is it intended for funding for an individual to receive treatment or therapy.
Applications will will be considered by the Grants Committee, chaired by a board member. Grant applications should be submitted at least one week in advance of the meeting to allow time for review before the discussion. Meeting dates are published on the website calendar.
Applications will be limited to no more than 5 pages in length (including references) and will follow the format of the application form. These funds cannot be used for salary support.
Applicants cannot receive more than $1000 over two consecutive periods.
Applicants must agree to acknowledge funding from TDSN in any publications or public presentation or advertising of the activity supported by these grants. Applicants must also agree to the use of their names and the titles of their projects in TDSN publicity including newsletters, websites.
A summary report will be required at the end of the period and prior to any future consideration for renewal. Summary should indicate the program accomplishments in terms of event attendance, community outreach success etc. This summary report shall be no more than one page in length and can be submitted via email or written letter.
Applications will be reviewed by the Frants Committee and recommended to the board for approval.
Approval notification will be communicated by the Grant Administrator.
What we don’t cover:
Fundraising events of ANY kind – walks, races, breakfasts etc. – unless TDSN is the sole recipient of the proceeds.
Salary support for any individual associated with the event.
Expenses in support of medical treatments or therapy of any kind.
Events which are closed and not available for general public to attend.
Examples of what will be considered:
Food or beverages to support an open gathering of families of or individuals with Down syndrome.
Event fees associated with hosting an open event (i.e. bowling, dances) for families of or individuals with Down syndrome.
Meeting space rental fees, meeting materials, food/beverages and/or speaker fees associated with hosting an event whose purpose is to share information with families or professionals on Down syndrome.
Educational material (i.e. books, handouts) for distribution to educators or students in a public school about Down syndrome