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Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement Fund

people at award dinner2The Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement (Rossi Fund) empowers people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members with opportunities to actively participate in decisions that often impact them personally. Through the Rossi Fund, individuals with I/DD and their family members can receive reimbursement for specific expenses for seminars and conferences designed to improve their knowledge, networking and skill levels for advocacy.

The NCCDD makes all decisions on the disbursement of funds. Applicants receiving Rossi funds will be asked to complete a Rossi Fund Participant survey and are expected to share their knowledge with the local community and with the NCCDD members.

Eligibility:
The following criteria need to be met to qualify for the Rossi Fund:

  • People with an intellectual disability or developmental disability, parents, family members or individual guardian of a person with an I/DD.
  • Parents of a child at risk of I/DD.
  • Applicants must be residents of North Carolina.
  • NCCDD Council members are not eligible.

Reimbursement funds are available for:
In order to allow more people with I/DD and families to participate, the Rossi Fund can only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Rossi Funds are available to reimburse individuals for the following types of expenses (individuals may apply for funds to cover up to three of these expenses on their application):

  • Child Care or Respite (up to $8/hr., maximum $170/day)
  • Personal Assistance Services (up to $8/hr., maximum $170/day)
  • Conference/seminar registration
  • Hotel/Lodging (up to $71.20 in-state; $84.10 out of state)
  • Transportation (53.5 cents/mile under 100 miles, 17 cents/mile over 100 miles – NC State government rate is subject to change)
  • Other expenses are at the discretion of the NCCDD.

Applications:
EFFECTIVE July 1, 2017:   An application must be received by NCCDD 15 days prior to the first day of an in-state event and 30 days prior to first date of an out-of-state event.  Applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis.  The NCCDD reviews applications frequently, and the decisions on all applications will be mailed in writing to all applicants.

Awards Decision Making:
EFFECTIVE July 1, 2017:   The awards are limited to $600 per year per person for in-state events, and up to $800 per year per person for out-of-state events. The maximum amount available for any single activity or event cannot exceed $2,400 in-state and $2,400 out-of state, regardless of how many people apply.

To allow more families of people with I/DD to attend events, the NCCDD could decide to only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Individuals are encouraged to secure additional funding from other sources, such as other state agencies, private foundations, consumer or advocacy organizations, or his/her employer.

If the total amount of applications received at the same time exceeds the above limits, the NCCDD will use the following criteria to fairly award the funds to:

  • Is this a first time user of the fund?
  • Is this the first time attendee for this activity or event?
  • Will the attendee enhance ethnic or cultural diversity?
  • Is the applicant from rural or other underserved or unserved areas?
  • Which applications were received first, second, third etc.?

TO APPLY FOR THE JEAN WOLFF-ROSSI FUND for PARTICIPANT INVOLVEMENT:

Apply Online  Download PDF Download Word Doc

NOTE: Eligibility for the Rossi Funds requires distribution consistent with the Council’s mandate in federal law for commitment to systems change, advocacy building and capacity building.

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