PEATC in partnership with The HSC Foundation is pleased to announce the distribution of the 2011 LEAP grants to young adults with disabilities in transition.
The purpose of the Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP) is to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the expanded Washington, DC metropolitan area. LEAP provides goods and services directly linked to youth transition planning and implementation usually not available from public service and government agencies. These goods and services are not covered by Medicaid or private insurance and are not considered “medically necessary.”
As a life enrichment program, LEAP does not fund “life necessity” goods and services. For example, the program does not generally fund food, clothing (except business clothes needed for school or job interviews), medicine, direct medical service, or housing.
Legal residents of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, up to Baltimore, MD and down to Richmond, VA who are between 14 and 25 and actively engaged in the transition process will be eligible to receive program awards.
Individuals may apply for a LEAP grant through PEATC if they live in one of the following Virginia areas:
Frederick Clarke Warren Loudoun Fauquier
Fairfax Arlington Culpepper Stafford Spotsylvania
Hanover Henrico Caroline Chesterfield Richmond
King George Rappahannock Prince William Falls Church Alexandria
The application process opens March 1, 2011 and will continue until all scholarship funds are spent. Applicants who have received awards from any LEAP partners in the past three years are not eligible. All candidates must disclose the nature of the disability and provide written consent to allow PEATC and the HSC Foundation to disclose this information in promotional and marketing materials. Documentation verifying disability must be included in the application.
The application packet is available in English and Spanish posted here.