Behind everything that goes into the West Coast Haunters Convention, there is a desire to give back. From the extensive educational seminars it offers to the array of vendors sharing their ideas, products, and advice on how to build your biggest and best-haunted attraction, this convention delivers!
The WCHC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all of the proceeds from the convention and its events go to support teachers and other professionals that work with deaf, hard-of-hearing and autistic students throughout the Northwest. Over the past few years we have given out thousands of dollars in grants to help deaf and/or autistic children in our area.
Previous Grants Include:
Science Aquarium Project
Food, Gas and Admission Fees for field trips
Lending Library to support teachers and parents of children with autism
Assistance with cost of ear molds for low-income students
Standing Desks for Students
West Coast Haunters Convention assists students with hearing loss and/or autism to help them achieve success in their endeavors in and beyond the classroom. The organization achieves this through mini-grants for those who work within the deaf and autistic communities and donations of hearing aids.
The organization provides support and assistance primarily to professionals working within these communities (i.e. deaf and autism) in state schools, resource rooms, public, private, technical and parochial schools who participate in programs servicing deaf and/or autistic students. Mini-grants are available to students 3-18 years old in the following states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
The grants are given to individual special education instructors. The funds can be used to help a specific student or group of students. The funds are used to help implement innovative educational projects that are not currently funded through other ways. West Coast Haunters Convention also accepts donations of hearing aid devices and provides them to children as part of the mini-grants.
All grant awardees are required to fill out a feedback form within one year of receiving the grant. Review of the feedback forms helps determine if the awardee will be considered for future grants.
Grants are given out based on need, a number of funds requested, funds available, and a number of requests on a first come first serve basis. Grant guidelines include the following requirements:
- Grants are available to teachers employed in special education;
- funding availability or committee discretion may result in partial funding. Grants typically range from $200 to $3,000. Applicants should mention if partial funding will prohibit implementation of the project or program;
- projects that show innovation and enrich the skills of students will be given the greatest consideration. Programs that can be replicated in other locations also will be given favorable consideration;
- we will not provide funding for: transportation, standard textbooks, conference attendance, training, computers/assisted technology, computer software, or grants that are duplicates of existing special education or technical programs.
The selection committee is made up of board members and industry professionals. Members of the selection committee are not eligible to receive aid.
Our giving process is mainly word of mouth through the deaf and autistic education community. We will have applications that anyone who wants to request funds from us will fill out and we will determine if it fits within our giving budget and purpose and fund as much as we are able.