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Program Support Grant

Grants to USA Organizations for Programs that Assist
Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children and their Families

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Oberkotter Foundation

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Grants to USA organizations for programs that support deaf and hearing-impaired children and families. LOIs are due by January 2. Priority will be given to projects and programs that share the funding source's vision of the future and that seek to address the needs, gaps, and barriers families face in locating and accessing information and services in their community.

The Foundation’s strategy is to support and empower families throughout their journey to achieve listening and spoken language (LSL) outcomes for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing through: awareness, education, connections, collaboration, and access to resources.

For the Spring 2018 Program Support Grant cycle, the Foundation is seeking applications for projects that will assist the Foundation in achieving their goals to:

- Reach families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with information about the family journey; and
- Invest in and support access to listening and spoken language (LSL) early intervention resources and activities, with a particular focus on expanded availability and underserved areas.

In reviewing grant applications, there are several factors driving the Foundation's review and decision-making. These include:

- Early Intervention and Support: The Foundation is looking for funding opportunities to support families as they move from the initial newborn hearing screening throughout their journey with their child, including ensuring families have access to information about the importance of early hearing detection and intervention for brain development, language acquisition and literacy.

- All Children Nationwide: The Foundation is looking for funding opportunities to ensure all children, no matter what community they live in, receive the support and services they need at every step of their journey. The Foundation is particularly interested in the children who fall into the 0-3 age group as the research shows that this is a critical developmental period for children.

- Collaboration: The Foundation is looking for funding opportunities to support community collaboratives dedicated to working together and leveraging resources to eliminate the gaps and barriers families face, so that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing have opportunities to succeed.

- Innovation, Sustainability, and Ongoing Excellence: The Foundation is looking for funding opportunities to support programs and projects that share the Foundation's vision of the future and that evidence innovation, sustainability, and ongoing excellence in every aspect of their work.

- Hearing First: In 2015, the Foundation launched Hearing First to serve as a multimedia, digital experience, and connection point for LSL. Hearing First is designed to link families who have chosen LSL for their children and the professionals who work with them, with the resources, information, tools, community, and learning experiences they need to ensure children succeed. When fully built, Hearing First will combine state-of-the-art online learning and communities with resources, tools, mentoring and coaching to celebrate, promote and support LSL. The Foundation is interested in exploring collaborative opportunities with programs and projects that share the Foundation's vision and who have ideas for partnering with Hearing First to develop, extend and leverage resources, tools and information to connect, support and prepare families and professionals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177670

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding Restrictions:

- Projects that do not have a charitable or educational purpose
- Individuals
- Political lobbying or legislative activities
- Non-U.S. organizations or entities
- Capital campaigns, endowments and debt reduction
- Bricks and mortar construction projects
- Indirect costs or overhead expenses
- Institutions that discriminate, in policy or in practice, on the basis of age, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, marital status, disability, veteran or other legally protected status

In addition, there are certain areas and activities that do not fit the current funding priorities and objectives. These include:

- Start-up programs
- Professional and other training programs, including the creation of training modules and materials
- The creation of pamphlets, brochures or digital media intended to raise awareness of LSL or of particular programs and services
- Purchase of equipment including computers, tablets, hearing screening technology, hearing aid loaner banks, etc.
- Fundraising events and sponsorships

Pre-Application Information:

Click here to read the grant eligibility guidelines:

For all grant programs, the Oberkotter Foundation accepts applications via the online application system. This automated system includes all stages of the application process, including full applications and follow-up grant reports.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the instructions how how to use the application system.

Key Dates in the Application Process:

- Interested applicants submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) during the first month of the semi-annual grant cycles (Spring and Fall).
LOIs for Spring 2018 Grant Cycle will open Dec. 1, 2017. Download a chart with important dates relating to the Semi-Annual Grant Cycles (see Supporting Documents below).
- For the Spring 2018 cycle, the LOI form will be available through the online application system between December 1, 2017 and January 2, 2018.
- Invitations to submit a full application will be extended by January 31, 2018.
- The full application will be available through our online application system by February 1, 2018.
- The application deadline is February 28, 2018.
- Decisions will be made by April 30, 2018, and grant agreements will be sent by mid-May to successful applicants.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

General Contact Information:

1600 Market St., Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-751-2601
Fax: 215-751-2678

For questions about the grant process or the current cycle contact:

Amy Newnam, Associate Executive Director

For questions about logging-in contact:

Rosanne DiMartino, Executive Assistant and Grants Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming