Direct Service Professionals Grant Program
About the DSP Grant Program
Purpose of the Grant Program
- To encourage continuing training for direct support professionals and service providers, with particular emphasis on services that provide specific benefits to individuals with Down syndrome.
- To fund learning opportunities for direct support professionals (DSPs) and service providers who work directly with individuals with Down syndrome.
How can the funds be used?
- Funds may be requested to assist DSPs in attending educational conferences or purchasing tools for support for use with individuals with Down syndrome.
- Funds may be requested to assist with the development and/or implementation of evidence-based best practices that are demonstrated to provide enhanced quality of life benefits to individuals with Down syndrome.
- At the discretion of the awarding committee, funds may be requested to assist with other programs or services that are demonstrated to provide specific benefits to individuals with Down syndrome.
Who can apply?
Any direct support professional or service provider who provides adult services and supports in the service area covered by Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society.
At the discretion of the awarding committee, applications from other geographic areas in Mississippi may be considered.
Is there a limit on the grant amount that can be requested?
In order to extend grants to as many direct support professionals and programs as possible, the following limits apply to grant requests:
- Up to $500* per direct support professional or program per year
*This is a maximum amount. All applications are subject to the availability of funds. Based on the number of applications received, funds may not be available to award all grants requested, or to award the full amount requested.
Consideration of grant requests will include the following criteria:
- Services or programs that are specifically targeted for adults with Down syndrome.
- Services or programs that that are demonstrated to provide enhanced quality of life for adults with Down syndrome.
- Services or programs that encourage the development of self advocacy skills, inclusion, and/or increased independence for adults with Down syndrome.
- Services or programs that are attended by members of CMDSS.
- Service Providers may apply for a Special Education Grant every 2 school years. Applications received during Fall semesters may be fulfilled in January of the following year if submitted after all budgeted funds have been used that year.
When do I get the grant money if it is awarded?
Funds are available only for actual expenses associated with a grant that has been awarded. This means that, as part of your grant application, you must provide CMDSS with documentation to establish the actual cost of the materials or learning opportunity for which you are applying. If you are awarded a grant, you will be notified, and CMDSS will then verify with you the actual costs prior to releasing your funds. Other details may be included in the award letter.
Where do I apply?
You can complete the application by mail or online. If possible, funds should be applied for at least 60 days prior to the date on which funds will be needed.
Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society
P.O. Box 935
Jackson, MS 39205
Complete the application below.
Have questions about our grants or the application process? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.