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Council Launches COVID-19 Scholarship Fund for Breaking Barriers

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is excited to announce the COVID-19 Scholarship Fund, which will provide opportunities for individuals and/or family members to apply for one-time funding to use technology as a way to address today’s unique barriers.  Please share this opportunity with those that might be interested and encourage them to check out our website for a link to the application — https://moddcouncil.org/.

Funds must be used to meet the needs of people with disabilities and/or their families by doing one or several of the following: make informed health choices to live a healthy lifestyle; receive best practice, quality health care; leadership development through self-advocacy; increase access and connection to one’s social network while being social distant compliant. 

Activity categories that will be considered for funding:

  • Activities that target stress and anxiety reduction due to social distancing (e.g., technology for virtual visiting, facilitation of peer support groups)
  • Adapting to COVID-19 (e.g., managing work and school at home, staying connected with family and friends)
  • Meaningful virtual engagement during social distancing
  • Other items to support people’s access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., teaching a class on telehealth, developing resources to explain COVID-19 and how to stay healthy) 

Funding will be based on a review of applications. Priority is given to Missourians with disabilities and family members, especially those in rural communities. 

Approved amounts are based on general funding levels approved for the Scholarship Fund -- $500 per individual or $1,000 per family.  

Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) will process awarded scholarships by ordering and distributing approved purchases while offering technical support if needed.

Submit applications to moddc@moddcouncil.org by May 30th, 2020.  MODDC will notify applicants if funds are expended by that date. Those awarded scholarship funds will be contacted by MODDC and MoAT no later than June 30, 2020.

Contact information: moddc@moddcouncil.org and/or (314) 340-7411

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