The Foundation’s funding objective in the Intellectual Disabilities category is to enhance service delivery for children, adolescents and young adults to age 26 with intellectual disabilities.
The Tower Foundation defines intellectual disability as:
o Conceptual skills (e.g., language and literacy; money; time; number concepts; self-direction)
o Social skills (e.g., interpersonal skills; social responsibility; self-esteem; gullibility; naïveté; social problem solving; ability to follow rules/obey laws and avoid being victimized)
o Practical skills (e.g., personal care; occupational skills; healthcare; travel/transportation; schedules/routines; safety; use of money; use of telephone) (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2011)
The Foundation has identified four goals it will pursue through its intellectual disabilities funding. Grants will be awarded to projects that show the greatest promise of advancing one or more of these goals:
Our Intellectual Disabilities Grant Guidelines are issued on an annual basis with letters of inquiry due in mid-June. The grant guidelines provide information about the Foundation’s target population, funding priorities, and application procedure.
We encourage you to review the grant guidelines carefully and to submit a letter of inquiry should you have a program or project that qualifies. If your letter is selected for further consideration, you will be asked to complete a full grant application. Grant applications are accepted by request only.