Diabetes Hands Foundation is launching a brand new program, called DHF Seeds! This program will provide advocates in the field of diabetes with seed funding to realize their ideas for improving the lives of people touched by diabetes.
“We see so much creativity in the diabetes community! Yet people often lack the resources to make their ideas a reality. With DHF Seeds we want to change this,” said Manny Hernandez, president of Diabetes Hands Foundation.
“Whether artistic, emotional or treatment-related, we are helping passionate advocates bring their innovative, creative and fun ideas to life. The type of ideas funded through DHF Seeds might range from comic books to viral videos to online chats to poster campaigns,” continued Mr. Hernandez.
To be considered for funding, the ideas need to fall within one of three categories: (1) empowering people living with diabetes; (2) connecting people touched by diabetes; or (3) educating and informing people about diabetes.
During the 2012 funding round, grant recipients are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and/or members of the Diabetes Advocates program run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Up to 20 grant applications will be accepted for each category. Funding decisions are based on a combination of judging by an international panel of diabetes advocates and online vote.
“I’m delighted to be a judge for the first round of DHF Seeds grants. As a dietitian, diabetes educator and member of the Diabetes Advocates program, it’s been a joy to witness the rapid growth of support among people in the diabetes community. The DHF Seeds micro-grants will foster this continued growth and be a win for people with diabetes,” said Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE and author of Real Life Guide to Diabetes.
Submissions to DHF Seeds will be accepted online between March 19, 2012 and April 2, 2012. The top five proposals in each category will be asked to submit a short video explaining or demonstrating their idea. The public will vote online for their favorites during June. The winning proposals will be announced on Monday, July 30, 2012.
For detailed information about DHF Seeds, visit: http://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org/our-programs/dhf-seeds
DHF Seeds is made possible, in part, through funding provided by Sanofi US Diabetes.
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7 Responses to Let’s change diabetes together: Announcing DHF Seeds!
March 7, 2012 at 12:35 am
We are so excited with DHF Seeds and where it would take us as a community. I dream of a time when we work together and every great idea become a reality!
March 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm
My concern as a nurse is that I keep running into young adults who have grown up with T1D and they cannot find jobs or health insurance. Is there a Seeds Program to take on this sort of issue and tell Congress that no insurance for someone with T1D is tantamount to a death sentence?
March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm
Lack of adequate coverage indeed affects the lives of people with diabetes every day. Due to cost of health care, decisions that are damaging to the person’s long term wellbeing end up being made.
While funds from DHF Seeds grants cannot be used for lobbying efforts, there are a number of ways in which this issue could be tackled through support from this program. If you have ideas around this, we encourage you to either partner up with a 501c3 or a member of the Diabetes Advocates program, to apply for a micro-grant focused on this topic.
March 8, 2012 at 9:47 am
I am the founder of and run a national online support network for parents of kids with T1D in Australia. Just wondering if these grants are open to international applicants? I would love to put forward a proposal!
March 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm
For this round at least, the funding is limited to US-based 501c3 organizations and members of the Diabetes Advocates program run by Diabetes Hands Foundation.
We seek to expand this in the future, but I am afraid we don’t have the resources to effectively manage international grants yet.
Michael M Salib
March 8, 2012 at 11:19 am
What a wonderful program. As a T1D peer mentor at JDRF, I look forward to a day when I can put together a mentors conference. A place where medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, peer mentors as well as educators all get together and keep up on the latest advancements, and share their
, successes, concerns and insights. Oh yeah, and have some fun too! This is the type of support I would need to make shing this possible. I am a 41 year T1D myself, and I have a dream of making a difference while T1D is still incurable. While I’m not eligible for this funding, I’m still very happy to see people reaching out to support my fellow T1D’s and those who support us. Thank you so much for this wonderful program.