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Health and Wellness Grant

What are Health and Wellness Grants?
We believe health and wellness are key components to a quality life for everyone, but particularly people with Down syndrome.  As a result of this philosophy and member requests, DSAW offers a limited number of health and wellness grants designed to provide financial support to individuals with Down syndrome who are interested in accessing activities that improve health and wellness.  

How can these grants be used?
Our intent is to financially support activities that contribute to supporting health and wellness or that contribute to self determination around healthy living such as:

  • Seminars
  • Vitamins & supplements*
  • Wii Exercise Program (game program only, we are unable to fund the player)
  • Exercise or Healthy Eating Videos
  • Weight Watchers

How much are the grants?
A maximum grant of $125.00 per family two times a year. There is a maximum cumulative award limit of $500.00 per family (this includes any DSAW grant and hospital meal card program).

Who can apply?
Any individual who has a current DSAW membership can apply for a grant.2012 Awareness Walk

How do I apply for a Health and Wellness Grant?

          1) Complete an online grant application (click here)
          2) Print and complete an application and fax to DSAW at 414-327-1329 (print here)
          3) Print and complete the application (print here) and mail to:

                             DSAW Member Grant
                             Down Syndrome Association of WI
                             3211 South Lake Drive, Suite 113
                             St. Francis, WI 53235

How does DSAW decide who gets a grant?
Grants are more likely to be awarded if:

  • You are a first- time applicant
  • The grant will be used to support personal development of your child with Down syndrome
  • There are no other resources available
  • The request fits within DSAW established guidelines for how the money can be used (see below Criteria for Health and Wellness Grants Use *)

How long does it take to find out if I received the grant?
DSAW will notify you within one week of receiving your grant application.

How is the money distributed?
If your grant is approved, a confirmation letter will be sent to you.  This letter will include additional forms and information needed to pay or reimburse you for expenses.  DSAW Health and Wellness Grants will only reimburse for pre-approved expenses where payment by other sources such as Medicaid, Family Support, The Child Long Term Supports Waiver, Family Care and IRIS have been denied.  Grants are paid in two ways:

1) Directly to the vendor- A check can be sent to the vendor after our office has received the original bill, invoice or quote.  Once this information is received DSAW will send a check directly to the vendor. The check will be sent via US Mail.

2) Directly to DSAW members for reimbursement of pre-approved goods or services paid for by the member.  Original receipts must be submitted with claim form to DSAW within 4 weeks of event or purchase. Under no circumstances will checks be issued directly to members prior to the purchase of the event or service.

CRITERIA FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS GRANTS USE

Applicants must be a member of DSAW and fit into the below use definition.

Health and Wellness grants will be awarded to fund goods and services that contribute to supporting health and wellness or that contribute to self determination around healthy living such as:

  • Seminars and conferences
  • Vitamins & supplements*
  • Wii Exercise Program (game program only, we are unable to fund the player)
  • Exercise or Healthy Eating Videos
  • Weight Watchers

Health and Wellness grants will not be awarded to fund:

  • Goods or services where payment through sources such as Medicaid, Family Support, The Child Long Term Supports Waiver, Family Care or IRIS are available.  You may need to show a denial before funding will be considered.
  • Prescription medications
  • Experimental therapies and treatments*

*Experimental therapies and treatments refer to interventions that have not been proven to be beneficial in quality research studies. In the US, evidence of benefit is demonstrated in a variety of ways. DSAW will use these same standards to determine whether an intervention is eligible for funding.  They include:

1) Peer- reviewed case studies and clinical trials published in respected medical journals
2) Double-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trials in humans

Examples of organizations that publish these studies include: Food and Drug Administration, American Dietetic Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Internal Medicine Physicians, American Academy of Osteopathic Physicians, American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, or the American Medical Association.  Additional medical organizations and their journals can be found on PubMed or Medline web sites.

DSAW supports the advancement of knowledge in identifying new interventions that demonstrate benefit and improvement without jeopardizing safety or harm for people with Down syndrome.  DSAW requires members to discuss decisions related to experimental therapies and treatments with their primary care providers. Written documentation of physician discussions will be requested.

 


 

 

 


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