WITH Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund

WITH Foundation

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Deadline: Nov 30, 2021 5:00pm PST

Grant amount: US $50,000

Fields of work: Emergency Medical Care & Services Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Health Care Access & Delivery

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Training / Capacity Building, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Benito County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Sonoma County Other eligible locations: United States


Vision Statement

We believe that every human being has the right to be treated with dignity. Our current healthcare system provides inadequate consideration for the needs of adults with developmental disabilities, and to neglect this population is in sharp contrast to accepted medical and ethical standards. However, we are confident that this injustice is both definable and surmountable with the result that every adult with a developmental disability will have access to appropriate healthcare options.

Mission Statement

The mission of WITH Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities that is designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.


Established in 2002, WITH Foundation is a private foundation. The Foundation’s initial grantmaking benefited the disability community. In 2011, the Foundation began to focus its support on organizations and projects that promote the establishment of comprehensive and accessible healthcare for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, WITH gives out around $750,000 each year and has provided more than $8 million (in total) in funding.

COVID-19 Response Fund

WITH Foundation is providing a 3rd round of funding through our COVID-19 Response Fund. This funding opportunity seeks to support existing COVID-19 services and clinics in being intentional in addressing the needs of adults with I/DD experiencing long-haul COVID and can also support healthcare institutions and providers to develop resources related to addressing the needs of adults with I/DD experiencing long-haul COVID.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • This round of funding is open to the nonprofit community (not just current and previous WITH grantees).
  • This funding will specifically support healthcare service delivery models that address the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) affected by long-haul COVID-19. 
  • WITH will provide up to four (4) $50,000 grants through this opportunity. 
  • All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Proposals must describe an explicit, identifiable need.
  • All projects/programs must complement the mission of WITH Foundation.
  • While we give preference to Bay Area organizations, applications from other areas in the United States are not excluded. 
  • Programs that improve delivery of healthcare to adult consumers with developmental disabilities and include at least one of the following:
    • Improve health practitioner competency through education and/or training programs
    • Address the current inadequate reimbursement system
    • Advance innovations in formal care coordination
    • Enhance public awareness regarding the inadequacies of developmentally disabled care in order to advance systemic change
    • Increase understanding of supported decision-making in healthcare settings
    • National efforts in digital health that support designers and developers to include the perspectives/experiences of the IDD community within the design process, in order to create better technology for all
    • Social policy research
    • Identify and overcome barriers to high-quality healthcare access
    • General operating support is only considered for grantees that have previously utilized our project funding


  • WITH Foundation will give preference to the programs and projects that formally include and/or partner with self-advocates (or self-advocacy organizations). 


  • Although WITH understands that many factors impact healthcare service delivery for adults with developmental disabilities, the following areas are excluded from consideration for funding:
    • Specific therapies that are provided outside of a formal healthcare setting, i.e. physical fitness and/or nutritional programs (“healthy lifestyle programs”);
    • Targeted therapeutic interventions including, but not limited to, occupational, physical, and speech therapies, and equestrian therapy;
    • Projects that do not address healthcare delivery;
    • Programs that are solely focused on direct support professionals;
    • Funding for political campaigns, candidates, or legislation;
    • Individuals and/or equipment for individuals;
    • Funding for transportation vehicles;
    • Organizations or programs that are based and/or provide services to populations outside the United States;
    • Endowments and organizational debt reduction;
    • Capital campaigns and building related requests;
    • Direct medical service and filling funding gaps between service costs and insurance reimbursement; and
    • Administrative expenses exceeding 28% of the total funding request.
      • WITH’s administrative/indirect cost cap was increased from 20% to 28% in order to provide organizations additional support in responding to COVID-19.

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This page was last reviewed November 06, 2021 and last updated November 06, 2021