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Dorothy E. Ann Fund (D.E.A.F.)

Dorothy E. Ann Fund (D.E.A.F.)

This fund promotes hands-on experiences where youth who are deaf or hard of hearing can develop skills and values necessary for successful careers, including leadership training, goal setting, self-esteem building, and interpersonal and communication skills, thereby enhancing participation in their education, family, and community.


 

TRADITIONAL GRANTS

 

Focus: Support to central Ohio organizations serving children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Deadline and Process:

  • Applications are due December 15. 
  • Applications are submitted online here.
  • The D.E.A.F. Advisors review applications and make grant awards in January.
  • Organizations receiving a grant are invited to attend a November meeting to present a progress report on the funded project or program. Handouts and PowerPoint presentations are appreciated but not required. 
  • Because we appreciate hearing the outcomes of grant-funded activities via a final report, on June 1 the year following your grant approval, grantees are asked to submit a final report, using this link: D.E.A.F. Final Report.


TEACHER MINI-GRANTS

 

Focus: Mini-grants (maximum of $500) to teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Deadline and Process:

  • Applications are due March 15, May 15, October 15, December 15. 
  • Application can be accessed here and sent to Emily Savors.
  • The D.E.A.F. Advisors review applications and make grant awards within six to eight weeks of each deadline. 
  • Because we appreciate hearing the outcomes of your grant-funded activities via a Final Report, due at the conclusion of the project, using this link: D.E.A.F. Teacher Mini-Grant Final Report.


TECHNOLOGY THAT SUPPORTS LITERACY MINI-GRANTS

 

Focus: A school administrator applies for a grant on behalf of one or more teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Each teacher may request up to $1,000 per year to purchase technology that supports literacy development. 

Deadline and Process:

  • Applications are due December 15.
  • Application can be accessed here and sent to Emily Savors.
  • The D.E.A.F. Advisors review applications and make grant awards in January.
  • Because we appreciate hearing the outcomes of your grant-funded activities via a Final Report, due at the conclusion of the project, using this link: D.E.A.F. Technology That Supports Literacy Final Report.


SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Focus: To support central Ohio students pursuing full-time post-secondary education. 

Eligibility:

  • Graduates of high schools in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, or Union counties;
  • Substantial hearing loss;
  • Strong academic record, financial need, and good character.

Deadline and Process:

  • Applications are due March 1.
  • Applications are accepted online here.
  • Attendance at a scholarship interview in late April. 
  • Scholarships are announced soon after the interviews.

STAFF CONTACTS

 

For general questions, please contact Emily Savors

For scholarship questions, please contact Alicia Szempruch.

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