The Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans (DSAGNO) has established a stipend fund to assist members in providing opportunities for families and individuals to enhance the lives of our members with Down syndrome. Our goal is to provide funding for as many families as possible in the following areas:
Yearly grants are available for assistance with educational items that benefit individuals with Down syndrome, such as seminars, conferences, and educational software.
Special guidelines regarding education stipends: Stipend applications for educational items must include detailed information on the item(s) to be purchased or the conference or seminar to be attended. No prepayment of funds will be allowed. Payment for a conference or seminar will in the form of reimbursement with proof of payment being submitted to the Stipend Committee. If the conference/seminar is canceled or the proceeds are otherwise refunded, the proceeds must be returned to DSAGNO. Note that school tuition (including pre-school tuition) is not normally eligible for stipend funding, except in the case of special circumstances, and will be considered by the Stipend Committee on a case-by-case basis.
Yearly grants are available for assistance with medical services and equipment for individuals with Down syndrome, such as medical treatment, therapy, private/home care (not respite), specialty foods, and medical equipment.
Special guidelines regarding medical stipends: Funding is not available for the payment of insurance premiums. Upon request, documentation must be submitted to the Stipend Committee explaining the type of treatment, care, or equipment being requested, and how it will benefit the individual with Down syndrome. Applicants may be requested to provide information to ascertain the type of insurance carried, type of payment required by the applicant, and whether the applicant is receiving funding from other sources. Music therapy is funded under the medical category, as are specialty foods such as gluten-free dietary items.
Yearly grants are available for assistance with recreational services and equipment for individuals with Down syndrome, such as camps, athletic activities, swimming lessons, and recreational equipment.
Stipend Application Process
To qualify for stipend funding, an applicant must be a current member of DSAGNO and reside in the Greater New Orleans area.
Families may receive a total of $500 in stipends. Only one application in each area (Education, Medical, and Recreation) may be submitted annually, and once $500 is provided, no further stipend will be available until the next year. [For example, a family may submit a Medical Stipend of $250 for music therapy, and a Recreation Stipend for $250 in the same year. But two Medical Stipends of $250 in the same year will not be granted.]
For all stipend types, upon request documentation would need to be submitted to the stipend committee providing information on the item to be purchased or the activity to be funded. Additionally, an explanation should be provided as to how the proposed funding would assist or benefit the applicant with Down syndrome.
All stipend applications are reviewed by the DSAGNO Stipend Committee at the beginning of each month, and applicants will be notified later during the month. Funding will be available on a “first come first served basis,” and is limited by the DSAGNO budget. Once the stipend budget has been exhausted, no additional funding will be available until the following year. Priority will be given to those applicants who have not applied and received funding earlier in the year. Consideration will also be given to whether an applicant is receiving funding from other sources for the particular request. No prepayment of funds will be allowed. Payment will be in the form of reimbursement to the payor once proof of payment is submitted to the Stipend Committee.
DSAGNO is excited to provide stipends for its members, however, stipend funding is not guaranteed from year to year. Stipend funding is limited by the DSAGNO budget and may be restricted by the DSAGNO Board of Directors at any time. Stipend funding is intended to assist families in enhancing the lives of family members with Down syndrome. We realize we cannot meet all of the funding requests of our members, but we hope we can at least make a difference.
DSAGNO appreciates member input on the stipend program and any recommendations concerning how it could better serve its members. If you have any questions or comments, please email the Stipend Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and a committee member will get back to you as soon as possible.
Use the link below to download the DSAGNO Stipend Application: