Family Grants


Family Grants are made available to the membership of The Up Side of Downs to provide financial assistance which directly improves the life of the individual with Down syndrome. The funding for Family Grants comes from donations and fundraisers. Grants are awarded based on the availability of funds, which varies based on the amount of donations and participation in fundraisers in a given year.


Grants are NOT based on the financial status of the family, and will be awarded once per calendar year per individual with Down syndrome. Receipt of a grant in one year, does not guarantee receipt of a grant the following year. Must be a resident of Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas or Wayne counties. Priority is given to active members of USOD and volunteer hours are strongly encouraged.

Grant Amounts

Financial assistance is awarded for either Non-Medical recreational activities such as dance classes, athletic activities or summer camps up to $300 or Direct Medical expenses up to $600. All grants are awarded in the form of a check payable only to the service provider (e.g. summer camp, speech therapist, medical supply store, etc.). Grants will NOT be awarded for iPad/tablet devices, hotel/travel expenses or gym/recreation center memberships. Supporting documentation is required to consider the grant request (i.e. medical bill, EOB, invoice from service provider, camp application, etc.) and should be mailed with application or emailed to

Application Process

Please complete the attached grant application. Feel free to include an explanation of any unusual/special circumstances regarding your need. PLEASE NOTE: Applications are not considered complete without supporting documentation. Once your application is received, the Grant Committee will review it and determine if the applicant is eligible. Final decisions will be made after the deadline of March 15, 2018. The Grant Committee will notify the family in writing with an explanation of the decision. If a favorable determination is made, USOD will write a check to the service provider indicated on the application. All grants will be mailed to the Applicant, however it is the Applicant’s responsibility to present the check to the provider. If you need any assistance, please contact USOD at 216.447.USOD (8763) or email

Applications must be received by March 15, 2018 to be considered.


Spring application period is now OPEN!

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Volunteer Information

Describe the family's volunteer and/or fundraising history with USOD, as well as current volunteer, committee and/or fundraising activities. If not currently active, it is requested that families contribute between 5-10 hours this year in a volunteer capacity. Please indicate activities in which you have interest.


Applications will not be considered without supporting documentation! Please provide a medical bill, EOB, invoice from service provider, camp application, etc. by emailing to when submitting your application.