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Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program

Awards to USA Individuals and Organizations
for Efforts to Improve the Lives of the Blind

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National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Deadline Date:

04/15/21 12:00 AM EST


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Awards to USA individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding efforts to improve the lives of blind people. Previous winners have been recognized for changing negative perceptions of blindness and for breaking down barriers that face people who are blind. Each year, if feasible, awards are given to applicants in the following categories: blind individuals, sighted individuals, and corporate or organizational entities. Winners have included entrepreneurs, volunteers, filmmakers, authors, mathematicians, technology developers, artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, programs, partnerships, and more.

Winners of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards:

  • Break down barriers facing blind people in an innovative way
  • Change negative perceptions of blindness and blind people
  • Push past existing boundaries to inspire blind people to achieve new heights

Examples of winning projects include developing products or techniques that increase the independence of the blind, creating and/or directing high-quality programs for the blind, and mentoring or inspiring other blind people to achieve their dreams. Bolotin Award recipients are typically highlighted in the August-September issue of the "Braille Monitor" every year. Read about past award recipients in past issues here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 180524

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Winners receive a cash award. The number of awards and the amount of each award will be determined by the NFB’s Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee based on its evaluation of eligible and deserving applicants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All award recipients must be based in the United States and their work must primarily benefit the blind of the United States. Recommendations made by one or more members of the committee, or by third parties may also be considered.

Individual applicants must demonstrate that the project being nominated is ongoing or has been in effect throughout a twelve-month period preceding the application date.

Applications submitted on behalf of organizations must demonstrate that the exemplary programs or services include substantial participation by blind persons as developers, mentors, administrators, or executives, and not merely as clients, consumers, or beneficiaries. For example, an organization operating a program for blind youth might demonstrate that a substantial number of the counselors, teachers, or mentors involved in the program are blind.

The organization must be able to demonstrate that its program(s) have been active within the twelve months prior to application and that a Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award will support future implementation and growth of these programs.

Pre-Application Information:

The nominations and recommendations will be accepted until April 15, 12 a.m. EST.

An application for an award may be made either by the applicant directly or by third parties who nominate an applicant.

Applications by individuals must include at least one letter of recommendation from a person familiar with or directly affected by the work done by that individual. Individuals must be over eighteen years of age. Separate awards are established for legally blind applicants and for sighted applicants.

Applications submitted on behalf of organizations must include a testimonial from at least one blind person who has benefited from the referenced programs or services.

Receipt of each application will be acknowledged in writing. Candidates selected for an award will be notified no later than May 15 that the committee intends to present them with an award. Only approved applicants will be notified in advance of the award. All awards will be presented in July during the national convention.

Individuals who are selected to receive an award must appear in person and may not send a representative. Organizations may send an individual representative, preferably their chief executive officer. Selected candidates must confirm, in writing, that they will appear in person to accept the award at the convention. Failure to do so by May 30 will result in forfeiture of the award.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For additional information contact:

Everette Bacon, Chairman
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee
Cell: 801-631-8108

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

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