Filling the Gap, Inc. announced a 2022 grant awarding $112,600 to help people with disabilities.
Filling the Gap is a Jamestown-based non-profit that works with resource centers and other organizations to help impoverished and disadvantaged residents of Chautauqua County, especially those with disabilities. Each year, Filling the Gap solicits grant applications from resource centers and other organizations within his Filling the Gap network.
Funding requests for 2022 totaled $242,503. Filling the Gap’s grants committee reviewed the request and recommended which grants to fund, and FTG’s board agreed with the committee’s recommendations. Some requests were denied due to the availability of other funding sources.
With the amount awarded in 2022, Filling the Gap has provided $1,645,045 in grants since 1995. Prizes for 2022 are as follows:
$25,000 to the Resource Center to purchase and install an elevated lift system in one of TRC’s homes to make transfers from wheelchairs to beds, showers, toilets, etc. easier and safer.
¯ $22,300 to Resource Center to support employee satisfaction and employee retention efforts at TRC and Filling the Gap.
¯ $11,300 to TRC Community Health Centers for occupational, physical and speech therapy equipment and supplies.
¯ $10,000 provided to TEAM Services as a shipping voucher.
¯ $10,000 to Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition.
¯ Invest $8,000 in TRC to implement Project SEARCH program. This program provides employability training and workplace internships to young people with severe disabilities.
$8,000 to TRC for annual updates and new technology for robots used by staff to enhance communication and social skills of people on the autism spectrum.
$6,500 to TRC to support advocacy-related initiatives and self-advocacy efforts.
¯ Donate $5,000 to TRC to support Kids & Sibs Camp for children with special needs and their siblings.
¯ Provided $4,000 to TRC to cover costs associated with running the Sprout Film Festival.
¯ Provide $2,500 to TRC to cover the costs of hosting cycling events, including the Slow Roll Pedal Party in Dunkirk.
The Board of Filling the Gap is proud to provide funding to support a variety of initiatives.
“Filling the Gap is thrilled to award over $100,000 in grants to The Resource Center and businesses within the Filling the Gap network.” Cindy Hitchcock, Vice President of Business and Finance, said:
Most of the grant money comes from fundraising events facilitated by Filling the Gap in partnership with The Resource Center, such as the TRC Golf Classic, Laurel Memorial Run/Walk and Step Up for Autism. Proceeds from these events will go to various TRC endowment funds of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Income from these endowment funds will be used to meet grant requests.
For more information on Filling the Gap, call 716-661-1519 or visit www.fillingthegap.net.
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