For many years the National Grange conducted an active Deaf Awareness Program which led to many valuable projects that enabled our members to learn more about deaf people and their challenges. In many cases, great relationships were also built with the deaf community. A fund was developed within the National Grange Foundation for the purpose of supporting deaf activities within the Grange. Because funds are still available, this grant program is being offered to assist states with funding various deaf awareness activities.
The Deaf Awareness Fund is a dedicated fund, the income and principal may be spent for the dedicated purpose only.
The Deaf Awareness Fund endows an internship fund with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet University was founded in 1864 and is one of the only universities specifically designed for deaf and hard of hearing students. This fund is intended to assist interns with living expenses, including transportation, housing, and meals. The internship is strictly used for career-related work activities. Example of the internships that students have participated in with our help include: the Library of Congress, the White House, and Booz Allen Hamilton. To learn more about Gallaudet University go to www.gallaudet.edu.
The Deaf Awareness Fund also sponsors the Deaf Awareness Grant Program. Any State Grange may apply for assistance through this program for a project to benefit the deaf community. The grants are up to $500.00 each and the State Grange will have the option of transferring those funds to the Community or Pomona Grange conducting the activity described in the grant application. Up to three grants may be awarded each year.
Application deadline is May 1. Click here for the Deaf Awareness Grange Application.