Arc of Washington Trust Fund

Learn about The Arc's financial support programs related to developmental disability.


The Arc of Washington Trust Fund was established in 1950 to provide funds for research into intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  The Trust Fund is administered by a Board of Administrative Trustees.  The purpose of the Arc Trust is to promote research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their personal, social, and legal consequences.  The Trust Fundprovides three different funding programs:

  • Research grants in which preference is given to Junior Investigators whose grant requests normally serve as seed money for future research. Most successful applicants have been affiliated with research universities and have addressed educational, medical, or psychological issues, but the Arc Trust Fund welcomes innovative proposals from any applicant on any topic related to its purposes.

  • Student stipends with the hope that this will allow colleges and universities to attract and retain students interested in working in the field as researchers, teachers or practitioners.

  • Program grants in which directors may apply for funds up to $30,000 to support trainees in interdisciplinary training programs focusing on individuals with ID/DD. Programs must have a didactic and a clinical training component with an interdisciplinary approach, faculty mentors and trainee-implemented research projects.

Click here for research grant guidelines.

Click here for student stipend information.

Click here for program grant information.



The first project funded by the Arc of Washington Trust Fund was a documentary called Children Limited in 1951. The video is 28 minutes long. Many thanks to Larry Jones for providing a copy of this lost film.