The purpose of this National Support Fund is to provide CDBA members living in Canada who are
deafblind with another option for acquiring funds to assist them with the purchase of:
1. Intervention services during or as the result of an emergency
2. Intervention services for individuals confined to a hospital
3. Specialized education or recreation programs
4. Specialized equipment
5. Other services or equipment resulting from specialized or unique circumstances
The funds provided are short term and are to supplement other sources of funds and not intended to
replace funding which may be otherwise available.
Defined as an unplanned event for which the individual or their advocate has had less than 14 days to
To add to other funding sources which may be insufficient to cover short-term hospital stays, short-term
special education programs or specialized equipment etc.
1. Those individuals who have been identified as deafblind and/or in a deafblind service program.
2. The individual or their family must be a member of CDBA.
INTERVENTION FUND COMMITTEE:
The committee responsible for the allocation of the funds consists of three or more persons from the
National Board of Directors of CDBA and CDBA Chapter Executive Directors. At least one national
board member sits on the committee. The committee is appointed annually by the National Board;
appoints a chairperson and a secretary; meets as often as necessary to discuss individual applications;
discusses special fund raising; makes recommendations as necessary to the National Board with
respect to the fund and its application process.
The committee presents an annual report on the activity of the fund each year to the National Board of
Directors. In the event a conflict of interest exists between an applicant and a committee member, the
committee member will abstain from voting as per Roberts Rules of Order.
REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
Requests for funding may be received from any source on behalf of any qualifying individual or family
from across Canada. The application form is available for download on the CDBA National website or by
contacting the CDBA National office. Requests must be submitted in writing (preferably using the
application form) and include the following information:
- Name of person who is deafblind;
- Name and address of person making request;
- Description of the circumstance for the request;
- Indication of any requests to other organizations for support and their response;
- Any other pertinent information concerning the request.
Applications are to be sent to the CDBA National office c/o the executive director, who will confirm that
the applicant is a member of CDBA and forward the application and pertinent information to the
committee chairperson who upon receipt of the application; advises the Committee of the application;
and arranges for a meeting or conference call to review and discuss the application. The CDBA
National executive director notifies the applicant of the decision of the Committee. If the application is
approved, the CDBA National executive director will arrange payment.
All expenditures, including payment of awards, any costs for meetings or teleconference calls, costs for
developing awareness of the fund etc. are debited against the National Intervention Fund. The annual
financial activity of the fund will be part of the committee’s annual report. The fund is placed in a dedicated account and will be managed accordingly. Whenever possible payment will be made directly to the Intervenor, vendor or service provider.
The amount of the award made for individual applications shall be at the discretion of the committee.
Individual awards shall not exceed 10% of the balance of the Fund.
There is no obligation to grant an award in response to a request. The committee may deny subsequent
requests made on behalf of the same applicant within the same calendar year.
The committee members shall not disclose to anyone outside the committee any particulars regarding
individual requests; the reason(s) for its decisions; and/or the amount of any award.