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AG Bell Arts and Sciences Award Program

Grants to USA and Canada Children Who are Deaf or
Hard of Hearing for Arts and Science Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deadline Date:

03/22/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to USA, territories, and Canada children in grades 1-12 who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in extracurricular after-school, summer, and weekend arts and sciences programming. Funding is intended for programs focused on developing skills in the sciences or arts while enhancing capacity in Listening and Spoken Language.

Programs can be offered through museums, nature centers, art or music centers, zoological parks, space and science camps, dance and theater studios and workshops, martial arts studios or any other program with a focus on the arts or sciences.

The review committee looks favorably upon applications for programs in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) such as space camp, math camp, marine sciences classes or camps, “Science for Girls” programs, etc. Many museums and local children’s organizations offer wonderful programming in these areas. Some colleges offer programs or not-for-credit classes designed to provide high schools students with the opportunity to learn more about areas of interest in various sciences. The committee would also support applications for programs in the dramatic or performing arts such as acting, dance and music lessons.

All eligible applicants will receive a free AG Bell membership.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180442

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
-Bilateral hearing loss or Auditory Neuropathy must have been diagnosed prior to the child’s fourth birthday (pre-lingual). Note: Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral auditory neuropathy do not qualify.
-The child’s hearing loss must be in the moderately-severe to profound range. This means that the child must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55 dB or greater in the better-hearing ear, in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement.
- Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz and add those four numbers together, then divide that total by four. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the child’s PTA must be 55 dB or greater.
Note: this may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy. For information on required documentation for AN, please see the “Documentation” section in the guidelines.
- Listening and Spoken Language must be the child’s primary mode of communication.
- The child must be at least six (6) years of age and not older than 19 years of age as of December 31, 2019 and currently attending elementary or secondary school (grades 1 through 12).
-The child must be enrolled in or registered for the science or art program selected.
-The child (and primary contact) must reside in the United States, including territories, or in Canada.

Awards cannot be used for programs that offer academic credit, travel or study abroad, recreational summer camps, sports camps or sports including figure skating or gymnastics.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. All materials must arrive together in one package at AG Bell before 5:00 PM on March 22.

Awards are rarely made for the full cost of the program; families should be prepared to cover at least half of the cost of the program. Exceptions are made from time to time when a family has unusual circumstances which have been clearly explained in the application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline.

AG Bell will send an e-mail to each applicant advising them of the committee’s decision. Award checks are generally distributed within six to eight weeks after that notice has been sent.

Contact Information:

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

You can submit your application by email to

Or, mail application to:

AG Bell – Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Program
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314

For questions, email the above email address.

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon