Arc of Washington Trust Fund

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Research Grants
Since 1950 the Arc of Washington Trust Fund has promoted research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of intellectual disabilities and its personal, social, and legal consequences. The Trust provides grants to researchers in the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska or Idaho and in British Columbia. Because the Arc Trust Fund is small compared to public funding sources, preference is given to junior investigators. Research grants should 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 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. For a summary of grants awarded since 1998, 

Letters of intent explaining the nature of the proposal and how it relates to the Trust's purposes, with an estimate of the amount of support required (maximum of $10,000) must be submitted no later than August 15th of each year. Researchers will be notified by August 25th as to whether or not the Trust Board requests a formal grant proposal. If a researcher is invited to submit a full proposal, they must provide one hard copy and one electronic copy of that proposal to the Trust office no later than September 20th. Researchers may be asked to present their proposal in person to the Board of Trustees at their October meeting (on the second Tuesday), which is held at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. 

The Application Process

The application process is in two stages: a letter of intent and the grant proposal.


I. Letters of Intent 

  You may submit a Letter of Intent at any time by email to  Diana@arcwa.org (preferred method). You may also mail 
  your Letter of Intent to:

  Arc of Washington Trust Fund
  Attn: Diana Stadden
  2638 State Ave. NE
  Olympia, WA 98506

Letters of intent explaining the nature of the proposal and how it relates to the Trust's purposes, with an estimate of the amount of support required (maximum of $10,000) may be submitted no later than August 15th of each year.  If the research meets the Trust’s purposes, the Trust Board may request a formal grant proposal.


II. Grant proposal. 

If a researcher is invited to submit a full proposal, that proposal must be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. Proposals are considered at the board meeting on the second Tuesday of October and must be received no later than September 20th. Successful grant applicants will be notified by November 1st and funds dispersed by January 30th.

Applicants are encouraged to review National Goals & Research for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, edited by Charlie Lakin and Ann Turnbull, and published jointly by The Arc of the United States and the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR) in 2005. The cost of the underlying conference was partially underwritten by The Arc of Washington Research Trust Fund. The book describes many of the lines of research that national leaders in the field have suggested should have high priority.

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. 

To view the full criteria for the research proposal, please click here.


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