The purpose of the Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP) is to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses and at-risk youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. LEAP provides goods and services that are directly linked to youth in transition planning and implementation that are usually not available from public service and government agencies. They are not covered by Medicaid or private insurance and are goods and services not considered “medically necessary.” Transition planning means a focused effort on improving the academic and functional achievement of the youth with a disability to facilitate the movement to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
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 will be eligible to receive program awards.
Applications will be accepted beginning April 1 through May 12th. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application.
- Must be between the ages of 14 and 26
- Must not have received a LEAP grant within the past three years
- Must have a documented disability
- Must be actively engaged in the transition process
- Requested goods or service must be directly linked to transition planning and implementation
(Examples may include academic support for post secondary education or training – tutoring, laptops, tuition; Career development – art supplies, photo supplies; Independent living skill development – skills camp, workplace literacy training, behavioral therapy)
- Grant amount requested is between $1.00-$1,000
Applicants will be notified of results by phone and/or email by May 19, 2017. Once an applicant is selected to receive a LEAP award, The Arc of Northern Virginia will coordinate with the applicant and their family, caregiver or representative, to make arrangements for the award.
Questions regarding eligibility or the application process can be directed to Diane Monnig, Transition Manager or (703)208-1119 ext. 118.