Arc of Washington Trust Fund

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About Us
The Arc of Washington Trust Fund was established in 1950 to provide funds for research into intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  It has grown to also include annual student stipends. The Trust Fund is administered by a Board of Administrative Trustees, of which some members are appointed by the Board of The Arc of Washington State and others are elected by the Trust Fund Board from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Because the Arc Trust is small compared to public funding sources, preference is given to Junior Investigators and grants normally serve as seed money for future research. Most successful applicants have been affiliated with research universities and have addressed educational, medical, or psychological issues, but the Arc Trust Fund welcomes innovative proposals from any applicant on any topic related to its purposes. Grantees must live or work in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska or British Columbia.

The Trust Fund also conducts a student stipend program, which continues each year. The stipends, of up to $5,000 each, will be awarded in the summer of the award year and the balance in equal installments at the beginning of each academic session (semester, trimester or quarter) to upper division or graduate students in institutions of higher education in the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska or Idaho, who have a demonstrated interest in the field of intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Each applicant should have a particular career interest in work relating to intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

If awarded a stipend, recipients must provide a one-page description of how the stipend has been of benefit and what accomplishments have been made because of it at the end of the award academic year. Recipients also agree to be contacted five years after the stipend award for a follow-up to see how the stipend has helped long-term. We look forward to hearing about your experience.​ The Arc Trust Fund hopes that this will allow colleges and universities to attract and retain students interested in working in the field as researchers, teachers or practitioners.

2015 Arc Trust Fund Board of Trustees:

~ Ron Meltzer (President)  
~ Eugene Aisenberg (Vice President)  
~ Elizabeth Brownhill (Secretary)  
~ James Russell (Treasurer)  

Kathy TeKolste ~ Brandi Monts ~ Rick Jacob ~ Debbie Thorsos - Thomas Shulte

Administrative Assistant: Diana Stadden


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Arc of Washington Trust Fund ® 2638 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506 ~ (360) 357-5596 ext. 6
Past Projects
The first project funded by the Arc of Washington Trust Fund was a documentary called Children Limited in 1951. The video is 28 minutes long. Many thanks to Larry Jones for providing a copy of this film.

Children Limited
Research Grants

For a summary of research grants awarded since 1998
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