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Grants to USA Organizations to Assist
Children Who Are Deaf and Hearing Impaired

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Oberkotter Foundation

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Grants to USA organizations for programs that assist children who are deaf and hearing impaired. Assistance is also provided to the children's families. A Letter of Inquiry is required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to increase family access to resources and services and to support programs from newborn screening through early intervention for children ages 0-3.

The Oberkotter Foundation funds programs in the United States that promote listening and spoken language (LSL) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Foundation’s strategy is to support and empower families throughout their journey to achieve LSL outcomes for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing through awareness, education, connections, collaboration, and access to resources.

For the Fall 2020 Program Support Grant cycle, the Foundation is inviting applications for projects that will improve families’ access to coordinated LSL and audiology services for their children 0-3.

In reviewing grant applications, there are several factors driving the Foundation's review and decision-making.  These include:

  • Support for families as they move from the initial newborn hearing screening throughout their journey with their child, including ensuring families have access to information about the importance of early hearing detection and intervention for brain development, language acquisition, and literacy.  
  • Funding to ensure that all children ages 0-5 receive the support and services they need at every step of their journey. The Foundation has particular interest in the children who fall into the 0-3 age group as the research shows that this is a critical developmental period for children. 
  • Support for community collaboratives dedicated to working together and leveraging resources to eliminate the gaps and barriers families face, so that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing have opportunities to succeed.
  • Support for programs and projects that share the Foundation's vision of the future and that evidence innovation, sustainability, and ongoing excellence in every aspect of their work.  
  • Funding for new and innovative ways to strengthen and broaden the use and reach of Hearing First tools and resources.

For more information about Hearing First, see here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 177670

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding Restrictions:

- Projects that do not have a charitable or educational purpose
- Individuals
- Political lobbying or legislative activities
- Non-U.S. organizations or entities
- Capital campaigns, endowments, and debt reduction
- Bricks and mortar construction projects
- Indirect costs or overhead expenses
- Institutions that discriminate, in policy or in practice, on the basis of age, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, marital status, disability, veteran, or other legally protected status

In addition, there are certain areas and activities that do not fit the current funding priorities and objectives. These include:

- Start-up programs
- Professional and other training programs, including the creation of training modules and materials
- The creation of pamphlets, brochures, or digital media intended to raise awareness of LSL or of particular programs and services
- Purchase of equipment including computers, tablets, hearing screening technology, hearing aid loaner banks, etc.
- Fundraising events and sponsorships

Pre-Application Information:

Fall 2020 Cycle Timeline:

- The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form will be available through the online application system between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
- Invitations to submit a full application will be extended by July 31, 2020.
- The full application will be available through the online application system by August 1, 2020.
- The application deadline is August 31, 2020.
- Decisions will be made by October 31, 2020, and grant agreements will be sent by mid-November to successful applicants.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about the grant process or the current cycle contact:

David King, Grants Manager and Project Coordinator

Potential applicants who have an idea for a collaborative project with Hearing First, contact Teresa Caraway ( to explore and develop your idea further, prior to submitting an application to the Foundation.

Oberkotter Foundation
1600 Market St., Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-751-2601
Fax: 215-751-2678

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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