NFBCT-COCCOMO QUARTERLY GRANT
Brought To You By The
National Federation of the Blind
Through The Generosity Of
The John A. Coccomo, Sr. Foundation
John A. Coccomo was born in 1926. He served in a tank corps in central
Europe during WW II. He lost the sight of one eye while in combat. After
his tour of duty, John Coccomo had a very successful business career in
real estate development, building and operating a number of nursing homes,
apartment complexes and other commercial structures. He was an exceptional
designer and was noted for building very high quality structures. Mr.
Coccomo was also involved in community activities, especially youth sports
programs. Always without fanfare he supported many charities in Connecticut.
In 1987 he created the John A. Coccomo, Sr. Foundation as a philanthropic
organization for the purpose of making charitable donations limited to
endowment grants and scholarships for the blind. Connecticut Institute
for the Blind, Fidelco and the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut
have been the primary recipients. He died November 10, 1997, but the Foundation
continues its work.
In the fall of 1995
the Foundation began to support our scholarship program and their support
continues to this day. In one of the past seven years they also supported
Newsline with a very significant donation. Most recently they have specifically
committed resources to a program of providing technology and training
services to the blind to be administered by NFB of CT.
Grant Program is a means through which Connecticut's blind and visually
impaired community can receive assistance in the pursuit of training,
employment, independent living and technological advancement. It is designed
for easier and more frequent access to support opportunities. The intention
of the program is to facilitate a higher yield of blind community support
through a manner that is as equitable as it is immediate. Grants will
be disbursed directly to vendors.
The program is designed
for individuals who may be seeking anything from a talking watch, a computer
system, a note taker such as a BrailleNote or Braille Lite, and payment
assistance toward post-secondary part-time course work. Individuals are
not limited to these items. For example, one may require a new suit for
the sake of maximizing impressions on job interviews.
Grants will be offered, evaluated, and awarded quarterly. Below is a chart
of the deadlines and contact dates for award periods.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be (a) legally blind
as defined by the state of Connecticut and (b) a resident of Connecticut.
Incomplete applications will not be considered; it is the responsibility
of the applicant to make sure all documents are completed and received.
Complete applications that are not awarded will remain on file for review
during three subsequent periods. AWARD RECIPIENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE
FOR A SECOND AWARD FOR A TWO YEAR PERIOD AFTER RECEIVING THE FIRST AWARD.
1. Type application
2. Include all necessary documentation:
(a) Certificate of blindness or letter from treating physician confirming
(b) Two typed letters of reference, both written by individuals who can
share their perceptions of the applicant, and attest to their level of
competence and motivation
(c) A letter
from your BESB Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Adult Services Social
Worker detailing exactly why you were denied your request for equipment
or services. In addition, inform us of any technology in your possession
that you can use to support your request.
3. Mail complete paperwork to the following address:
Quarterly Grant Committee
National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut
477 Connecticut Boulevard, Suite 217
East Hartford, CT 06108
Applicant Name: ______________________________________________
Parent or guardian
name (if applicable): ____________________________
City, State, Zip: ________________________________________________
Please tell us about yourself, your goals, and describe how this product
or service will enhance your daily life and/or career aspirations. Use
additional page(s) if necessary.
I certify the above
information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.