Mill Neck Family of Organizations Deaf Education 2014-08-13T15:29:55Z WordPress mill0405 <![CDATA[Sail the Sound for Deafness]]> 2014-07-31T18:40:20Z 2014-07-14T17:00:28Z Ahoy Mates! Join us on Thursday, August 7, 2014 for our “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta

to benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, serving people who are Deaf and/or have other special communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world.

Oakcliff Sailing is making their fleet available for a fun and elegant race around Oyster Bay and into the Sound. Sailors are welcome to participate with their own yachts, as well. Spectators are invited to watch from The WaterFront Center’s showpiece Christeen, the oldest oyster sloop in North America. A gala soiree following the Regatta will take place at the Mill Neck Manor House, a spectacular Tudor Revival mansion. This Gold Coast treasure is a perfect site for an after-party of classic sailing yachtsmen and women. We hope to see you there!

Here are ways you can participate in the fun while supporting the Mill Neck Family of Organizations:

Special Thanks to this Year’s Sponsors: 

Captain Sponsor: Bullen Insurance Group
Skipper Sponsor: American Airlines, Country Plaza Catering & Delicatessen
Landlubber Sponsors: AriZona Beverages / Capital One Bank / Clifton, Budd & DeMaria, LLP/Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
Core BTS – Alcatel – Lucent / General Utilities, Inc. / Maspeth Roofing / The Pomara Family / R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP / Stefans Law Group, PC / Suffolk County PBA

Food/Beverage Sponsors: 

Andy’s Italian Ices / AriZona Beverages / Banfi Vintners / Coach Grill & Tavern / Goslings / Hurricane Grill & Wings / Jack Halyard’s American Bar & Grill / King Kullen Supermarkets / La Bussola / Page One Restaurant / Rothmann’s Steakhouse / Stop & Shop / Sweet Tomato  / The View Grill


The Abaido Family / Alessi International / Raymond S. Balian / Christina’s Epicure / Carol Cook/Lorie and Bruce Cook /
Cradle of Aviation / Cromarty Management Corp. / Robert B. Deans, Jr.  / Doherty Enterprises / Grace’s Marketplace / Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery / Eric Hubbard / J & B Auto Repair of Oyster Bay  / J. McLaughlin / Le Petite Zebra / Cecelia Lynch / Maritime, Inc. / Christina Moores / Loretta H. Murray / Oyster Bay Historical Society  / David P. Pearson / Ted B. Smith, Jr. / Edward W. Speidell / Stop and Shop / The Finer Things  / Tri-County Plumbing & Heating / Carol Valderrama/Melaine Wasson /Deborah Webbe / / Carole and George Zivanow


mill0405 <![CDATA[MAPping at Mill Neck]]> 2013-09-13T16:50:57Z 2013-09-13T16:50:57Z Did you know? The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) now has a Cochlear Implant (CI) satellite center based on our campus at the Mildred and Frank Feinberg Community Center for Hearing Health. Twice a month, by appointment, a licensed cochlear implant audiologist is available for MAPping (programming) services. This partnership provides a convenient location for children and adults with implants who reside in the Long Island area. For an appointment at Mill Neck, please contact the NYEEI Ear Institute at 646-438-7802.

mill0405 <![CDATA[NYC Walk4Hearing – Sept. 29th – Support Mill Neck Steppers!]]> 2013-09-11T18:31:28Z 2013-09-11T18:28:52Z The Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind taking place in multiples cities across the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers – children and their families, young adults, young at heart and everyone in between – form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services.

The NYC Walk4Hearing will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Please support the Mill Neck steppers .

mill0405 <![CDATA[Tea and Honey Pairing in the Manor House]]> 2013-09-11T15:08:42Z 2013-09-11T15:08:42Z Join us on September 12, 2013 at 7 pm in the Mill Neck Manor House for a Tea and Honey Pairing with a certified tea specialist from the Clipper Ship Tea Company! Experience 5 tea and honey pairings during the event and bring home a sample of tea and coupons to the Clipper Ship Tea Co.!

Click here to register!

Lauren http://mill0405 <![CDATA[Sail the Sound for Deafness Photo Recap]]> 2013-09-11T14:08:41Z 2013-09-10T15:30:22Z

Sail the Sound for Deafness from Lauren Podstupka on Vimeo.

Our second annual Sail the Sound for Deafness classic yacht regatta and cocktail party was a success! Check out the slideshow video for pictures of the event.

mill0405 <![CDATA[Deaf Education]]> 2013-09-11T14:30:27Z 2013-08-22T12:19:50Z Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
was established in 1951 to help Deaf children unlock their potential through quality education. Our specially-trained staff, carefully structured programs and access to the newest technologies give our students the academic knowledge and confidence they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Our care for each child does not end when the school day does. We are also committed to the people who are a regular part of the child’s life: the family.

About Mill Neck School for the DeafFor almost 200 years, the residents of New York State have relied on the expertise of a unique group of schools to provide educational services to children who are Deaf, blind or physically disabled. These schools are known as the 4201 Schools. Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf is one of eleven 4201 Schools located throughout New York State. Each school has its own Board of Directors, receives financial support for operating expenses from New York State and depends on private donations for program enhancements. There are no charges to parents for educational costs.


Infant/Toddler Program

The Mill Neck Manor Infant/Toddler Program serves the needs of children from birth to age three who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, including children who are multiply disabled. An interdisciplinary team of specialists in the fields of education, speech and language, rehabilitation and counseling combine their efforts to aid the development of each child. Emphasis is placed on learning language naturally through the modality chosen by the parent; audition, speech, speechreading and sign language. Parents, teachers and an audiologist work to properly evaluate and fit infants and toddlers with hearing aids as early as possible. Our staff supports parent’s choice, while providing them with the most recent information and research regarding children with hearing loss and access to speech and audiological equipment. This program is family-centered; therefore the professionals focus on the parents developing the skills needed to foster natural language development.


Infant Program – Birth to 18 Months

The primary goal of the Infant Program is to assist parents in working with their children. Parents bring their infant to Mill Neck Manor to work with a team of specialists who help them understand the special needs and developmental patterns of a Deaf or hard-of-hearing child. In addition to a weekly on-campus session, weekly home visits help families learn how to apply the techniques and principles learned in the school sessions. All members of the family, including siblings, are encouraged to be active participants during the home visits. Parents whose children are enrolled in this program meet regularly to share their feelings and experiences.


Toddler Program – 18 Months to 3 Years

The Toddler Program is based on the same practices and goals as the Infant Program. Children come to the program for play activities that encourage physical, intellectual and communication development. The program provides music therapy one time a week. Parents continue to be the primary participants in the sessions, discussions and workshops. Sessions become longer as the child is able to respond to his/her surroundings and peers. Parent participation is essential.


Preschool Program/Total Communication

Designed for three and four-year-olds, this program was created to help Deaf and hard-of-hearing children develop compensatory language and other developmental skills needed for kindergarten. We offer a positive, supportive environment that nurtures and encourages maximum development in all areas. Our teachers collaborate with speech therapists to foster and develop each young child’s communication and language skills. Using learning centers, literacy activities, and play-centered unit plans, teachers provide each child with on-going support to learn language through incidental learning opportunities. Through structured play and small group activities, teachers attend to not only a student’s pre-academic skills, but also to the child’s social and emotional development. These children participate in art, music and library. Teachers and parents meet quarterly to discuss each child’s progress and to find ways for parents to apply the skills taught in the classroom, at home. Sign classes and parent workshops are offered on a monthly basis. This program requires a parent commitment to learning the sign skill level necessary for effective communication at home. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in therapy sessions.


Integrated Pre K-K Auditory/Verbal Program

The Integrated Preschool/Kindergarten Auditory/Verbal Program, for three and four-year-old children who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing, features a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with the new Common Core Standards for preschool and kindergarten. Specifically designed for children with cochlear implants, hearing aid users and their hearing counterparts, the program provides opportunities through language, literacy and play. Using no sign language, the program follows an auditory/verbal communication approach. Deaf students are provided with speech therapy three to five times a week. In conjunction with a comprehensive educational program, parents are involved in their child’s receptive and expressive language development. Intensive parent training and support groups are essential. Additionally, the program extends to five-and six-year old children with the same resources and focus with continual alignment to the State standards. Auditory verbal educators and an audiologist are an integral part of the program.


Elementary Program/Total Communication

The Elementary Program follows a rigorous academic curriculum that follows the new Common Core standards. Teacher instruction focuses on critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills, as well as speech and language skills. Speaking/signing, reading and writing skills are developed in a three-hour literacy block and are also heavily stressed throughout the other core content area. Students take classes in art, computers, physical education, library and health. The small student-to-staff ratio in the classrooms allows for individualized attention and ensures that each child’s specific needs are being met. Weekly class meetings are held to support character development.


Junior High School Program

The academic curriculum for the Junior High School Program follows the new Common Core Curriulum, and students participate in all New York State assessments. Along with the strong academic curricula, Deaf students between the ages of 13 and 15 receive instruction in art, computer literacy, library and information skills, health and physical education. Emphasis is also placed on the study skills and good work habits that they will need in the High School Program. Ongoing sessions with a school counselor and classroom meetings help enhance social skills and the ability to resolve interpersonal conflicts.


High School Program

The Mill Neck Manor High School is fully accredited by the New York State Board of Regents. We are able to offer students diplomas based on the New York State regulations and the student performance. Students not eligible for Regents diplomas will work on vocational training and Independent Living Skills while working towards vocational credentials necessary for post-secondary placement. Before graduation, students will complete job experiences, ranging from volunteer work to full-time paid employment, on and/or off campus.


Multiply Disabled Program

Students who are Deaf and multiply disabled receive a wide array of services in this small, consistent program. The small teacher-student ratio assists in individualizing each student’s needs and ensures that goals are met based on current assessments. In addition, students participate in the New York State Alternative Assessments.  An applied verbal behavior methodology is utilized. Students receive 1:1 trial instruction and natural environment teaching opportunities throughout the day. These students also participate in physical education, library, computers, art and music. Effective communication, social, independent living, pre-vocational and vocational experiences are planned and implemented in order to prepare each student for their post-secondary placement.


S.T.E.P.S. Program 

S.T.E.P.S. (Students and Teachers Experiencing Progress and Success) is designed to support students with severe behavioral issues that conflict with their ability to function in other school programs. Based on a six-tier system, the program allows students to take responsibility for their actions and internalize impulse control. The goal is for students to transition into other programs offered at Mill Neck, allowing them to meet post-secondary outcomes with success.

Co-Curricular Activities

Mill Neck Manor students can participate in basketball, cheerleading, soccer, softball, track and field. Mill Neck teams compete against schools with hearing peers and Deaf students in several leagues. Our Extended Day Program is held weekly for two hours after school allowing students (ages six to twenty-one) to pursue personal interests, such as cooking, computers, arts and crafts, dance and performing arts in a safe, caring environment. Extended day classes are determined by our students’ ages and areas of interest.


Summer Program

Our six-week summer program offers intensive instruction in academic areas for students requiring extra instruction, as determined by their Committee on Special Education, to insure that there is no substantial regression of skills over the summer. Speech, physical and occupational therapy are provided. The program is enhanced by special projects and field trips.

Special Services

In addition to classroom teachers and special teachers for art, physical education, computer and library, students have access to psychologists, a registered nurse, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language specialists, reading specialist, school audiologist, school counselors and social workers.


Transition and Vocational Services

The State Education Department has mandated transitional assessment for all students 12 years and older. Mill Neck Manor believes that every student’s transitional planning should begin as soon as the child enters school. Transition is a child-centered, lifelong process beginning at age 14. Each year, as part of the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process, parents are invited to participate in the transitional planning along with their child, school personnel and community service providers. As team members, parents and children will learn advocacy skills that will enable them to be aware of and to exercise their rights.

There are school counselors, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and teachers to assist in the areas of employment, independent living and vocational education. The Mill Neck Manor Transitional Team, with the assistance of the student’s school district, is responsible for providing and coordinating educational opportunities and services to facilitate successful transition from school to the outside world for each student.


Partners in Education

Parents are key members of the educational team and are strongly encouraged to take an active role in their child’s schooling. This initiative facilitates a relationship between school and home by providing parents with training and support groups. Parents’ participation in their child’s schooling and open communication between teachers, specialists and parents are the goals.


Admission Procedures

If a child is identified as Deaf or hard-of-hearing, the following procedure is followed:

1. Parents fill out an application form.

2. The State Department reviews the application and approves an evaluation.

3. Parent(s) and child come to Mill Neck Manor for an evaluation. This includes psychological, educational, speech and language, social history, audiological evaluations and other pertinent evaluations.

4. Mill Neck Manor sends the evaluations to the child’s school district.

5. The Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meeting is held. If the CSE/CPSE decides placement at Mill Neck is appropriate, they develop an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), and a form is sent to the State Education Department confirming acceptance by the School District and Mill Neck.

6. The State Education Department then appoints the child to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.

If you would like more information about Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, please email or call 516-922-4100.

mill0405 <![CDATA[Special Needs Preschool]]> 2013-09-11T14:31:46Z 2013-08-21T11:24:51Z Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center
was established in 1991 to provide early and intensive assistance to hearing children, ages three and four, with a range of special communication needs including speech and language delays and disorders, cognitive and motor deficits, and autism-related disorders. After completing the program, most preschoolers will attend kindergarten in their home school districts

Self-Contained Classes

The Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center offers full-day classes, five days a week, for pre-schoolers with deficits in language, cognition, social interaction and/or motor skills. Specially-trained staff members target each individual child to maximize potential. The program includes music, computer skills, and art. Individualized speech, physical and occupational therapies, as well as family support, are also integral parts of the program.

Class size ranges from eight to 15 children with three staff members per class. All teachers are New York State certified in special education and regular education. All Teacher Assistants are certified as such.

Integrated Classes

The Early Childhood Center offers integrated pre-school classes which include communication and language delayed three and four year-olds with their typically developing peers.

The integrated classes are offered to parents of typically developing children in the local community and to parents of  children with special needs who qualify through their school districts. The classes allow the special needs students to learn, play and socialize with typically developing children their age. All of the children benefit from the lessons, activities, friendships and small class size that the program provides.

Evaluation Center

The Early Childhood Center offers full evaluations for pre-school children suspected of having communication needs. This includes:

  • Speech/language evaluation
  • Educational and Psychological evaluations
  • Audiological evaluation
  • Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy evaluations


If you would like more information about Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, please email or call 516-922-4100.


mill0405 <![CDATA[Community Services]]> 2014-05-02T14:22:56Z 2013-08-20T10:52:02Z

for adults and children are provided by Mill Neck Services with a simple premise in mind – to allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing people the same access to employment and community services as their non-disabled peers. As a community based non-profit agency, Mill Neck Services provides custom designed services tailored to meet an individual’s needs. Long recognized by New York State as a pioneer in service design and delivery, Mill Neck Services’ programs serve as the models for others to follow. Mill Neck’s Supported Employment programs, along with our Job Development Program for the Deaf, have been cited by the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) as “Benchmarks in Excellence,” for service delivery. All of Mill Neck Services’ programs receive state funding. Individuals must have VESID or OMRDD eligibility to receive services.

Employment Services

Job Development Program 


The Job Development Program is a community-based program that provides assistance with job placement and comprehensive job training for Deaf and hard of hearing adults (18 and over) who seek challenging and rewarding careers. Our professionally trained staff provide a link between the Long Island and New York City business communities and the Deaf and hard of hearing applicant.

This includes:

  • Pre-employment contacts including job interviews
  • Job and career counseling
  • On-site job training
  • Periodic meetings with worker-employee-supervisor
  • Communication link between worker and employee
  • Sign language instruction for co-workers and supervisors

If you need job assistance, please email us at

Supported Employment


People with multiple disabilities, as well as Deafness, can receive specialized employment services throughout their careers. Supportive employment services assist employees and employers during all phases of the employment relationship. There is no age limit – youths transitioning from high school or college, as well as adults, may benefit from supportive employment services. Employment coordinators work as part of an interdisciplinary team of vocational evaluators, job developers, service coordinators, rehabilitation counselors and other highly trained professionals. Intensive services during the job search phase are mirrored by continuous support when hired. Services may include sign language interpreting, development of a communications manual, on-site job coaching and periodic retraining. All services are free to the employer. Mill Neck Services’ Employment programs are fully accredited under the Social Security Administration as an Employment Network.

Program eligibility: Participants must currently receive Social Security benefits and have obtained a “Ticket to Work” voucher, and must also be waiver enrolled in HCBS.

Client and Community Services

Services for People Who Are Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and Hard of Hearing

Information and Referral - Mill Neck Services is an information source for the community. If we are unable to provide you with the information you need, we will refer you to an agency that can. Assistance with Daily Living - Mill Neck Services can provide information on important documents, such as applications for Food Stamps, HEAP, Social Security, Medicaid, Life Line and more. Basic instruction on how to use a TTY and Relay System is also available. Advocacy - Over the years, Mill Neck has spearheaded activities designed to improve accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing people. Working with community leaders, Mill Neck has been advocating for changes ranging from insurance coverage for hearing aids to provision of low cost TTY and other assistive devices. On a daily basis, in a multitude of ways, we work towards implementation of the ideal – equal access for all.

Services for People Who Are Developmentally Disabled


Mill Neck Services offers an array of social service programs for people with developmental disabilities. These services are fully accredited by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Participants in all of the following programs must be Medicaid eligible.

Family Service Coordination - Because many developmentally disabled adults and children are not eligible for Medicaid sponsored services, Mill Neck Services works with families to help their loved one gain eligibility. Once eligibility is obtained, consumers are referred to a Medicaid Service Coordination program. Services are time-limited and must result in Medicaid enrollment.

Medicaid Service Coordination - Mill Neck’s Medicaid service coordinators work with consumers, family members and advocates to develop an Individual Service Plan. Consumers are linked to other services and programs that promote independence and personal growth. The coordinators specialize in Deafness Services and are able to communicate effectively with the Deaf and people who are developmentally disabled.

Day Habilitation - Funded by New York State Office of Mental Retardation, Mill Neck’s Day Habilitation Program helps adults with mental retardation, physical disabilities and medical issues to reach their fullest potential. Mill Neck’s day habilitation program provides functional and enjoyable activities that enable people to meet their individual goals and become more independent in their daily living, socialization, communication and leisure activities.

Volunteer work is an integral component of our day habilitation program. As active volunteers, day habilitation participants acquire new skills, develop meaningful relationships, contribute to their communities and build self-confidence.

Mill Neck currently operates two day habilitation programs on Long Island – one in Hicksville and one that operates “without walls” in Suffolk county.

Program Eligibility: Participants must be waiver enrolled in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid system.

Residential Habilitation Services - People with special needs require specialized supports to enable them to live where they would like to live. Living with their families or in their own apartments, people with special needs often need intensive support to help them fulfill their roles in society. Mill Neck’s residential habilitation program helps to level the playing field, helping people with special needs to learn, grow and access community services.

One of the most inspiring features of the residential habilitation program is that the majority of staff members involved are also Deaf. Because of their interaction with their Deaf staff members, participants have experienced phenomenal personal growth from the program’s inception several years ago.

Program Eligibility: Participants must be waiver enrolled in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid System.

Individual Support Services - As part of this supportive living program for Deaf, developmentally disabled adults, service coordinators and other professionals work with the participant to establish a life plan that enables the participant to continue to live independently in the community. Residential habilitation support and intensive service coordination are just some of the services provided to recipients of supportive living.

Blended Programs - For some of our clients, access to just one of the services listed above would prevent them from reaching their full potential. For this reason, Mill Neck’s service providers have developed “Blended Programs” that allow participants to enroll in a variety of programs.

Vocational Evaluation


Mill Neck Services’ Vocational Evaluation program assists Deaf and multiply disabled adults, referred by New York VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), as well as students attending Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, ages 15 and older, with vocational assessments and placements. Vocational evaluations can be conducted on Mill Neck’s campus, or in our offices in Queens, White Plains and Bronx, New York.

If you would like more information about Mill Neck Services, please email or call 516-922-3818 or 516-922-3334 TTY.

mill0405 <![CDATA[Deaf Ministry]]> 2013-08-22T13:16:59Z 2013-08-20T10:14:19Z
Is the mission of Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, Inc. It all began in 1944, at the LCMS Saginaw Convention when a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Synod’s Ministry to the Deaf was passed to raise funds to establish an east coast school for deaf. Money was raised for the cause for four years, and a group of pastors and laymen from the New York area began to meet about setting up the school. In 1947, the group incorporated as the charitable, non-profit corporation, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf. In 1949, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf purchased the 86-acre “Sefton Manor.” In 1951, Mill Neck Manor Lutheran School opened to 19 deaf boys and girls. By 1956, Mill Neck Manor was fully accredited by New York State. Since its inception over 60 years ago, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf has grown into the Mill Neck Family of Organizations. Today, a Recognized Service Organization within the LCMS, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf develops and disseminates resources for deaf ministry, congregations and training for religious interpreters.

Mill Neck Foundation, Inc.

Mill Neck Foundation, Inc. raises money and grants funds to institutions, programs and projects with the goal of enhancing Christian ministry with the deaf. This includes support for a variety of deaf ministries throughout the United States and the world, including Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf,  Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf. With international projects increasing in number and scope, Mill Neck Foundation, Inc.  is providing the support to provide vital technical assistance and program development around the globe. Currently, Mill Neck Foundation, Inc. supports existing and emerging projects in China, Vietnam, Jordan, Madagascar and Kenya.

Grant Guidelines

Grant applications are considered and evaluated based on the following guidelines:

  • The Sponsoring Organization must be a NOT-FOR-PROFIT Organization. Except in extraordinary circumstances, grants are limited to 501(c) 3 organizations. Grants to new organizations, which have not yet received not-for-profit status from the IRS, must be channeled through and sponsored by an existing 501(c) 3 organization.
  • The Sponsor must be a credible, trustworthy, accountable organization that uses qualified individuals to administer and implement the activities described in the application.
  • Grant projects must address deaf-related issues through Christian service. Projects must work to eliminate the circumstances that keep the deaf population from experiencing the fullness of life made possible through Jesus Christ.
  • The focus of the application should be on new initiatives, directions or methods. Grants are not provided to support the normal, ongoing operation expenses of an established project or ministry.
  • Grant applications must be received between January 1st and March 1st of the grant funding period.
  • The grant application must be submitted in the format provided by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf and must follow the steps in the application.
  • Grant funding is for one year, from July 1st through June 30th of the following year.
  • Grant applications for capital improvements or for ongoing support will not be considered.
  • Grant applications should reflect direct service to individuals who are deaf. Applications which are heavily weighted in the area of administration or overall management are unlikely to be approved.
  • Should products or materials be produced with the funds granted, Lutheran Friends of the Deaf is entitled to an agreed upon number or percentage of products/materials produced.
  • Projects should show evidence of having the capability of becoming self-supporting and/or coming to a natural conclusion based on a specific product or service.
  • Project activities/products should acknowledge/display “Lutheran Friends of the Deaf” as supporter.


Grant Application

Grant proposals must be submitted in the following format and sequence. Proposals should not exceed six pages (8.5″ x 11″ paper). Application – Must not exceed six copies. Two copies must be submitted. Cover page – Provide on the cover sheet the following information:

  • Name of project
  • Sponsoring organization/congregation
  • Address, phone/fax number of sponsoring organization/congregation
  • Project coordinator, if different from Executive Officer, and phone/fax number for that person
  • Date of application

Letter of authorization – This letter should be written on the sponsoring organization/congregation letterhead and must indicate awareness and support for the proposed project. This letter should be signed by the Executive Officer of the sponsoring organization.

Proposal statement – In a brief paragraph, give a description of the proposed project.

Amount of the grant request – Indicate the amount requested from Lutheran Friends of the Deaf to run the project, and the percentage of support for the project to be provided by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf.

Information about sponsoring organization/congregation – Provide a brief introduction, history, purpose, size and important facts about the sponsoring organization/congregation. Provide information on how the sponsoring organization/congregation will be supportive of the proposed project.

Needs this project is designed to meet – Describe what needs this proposed project will be designed to meet.

Project time period – The project will run shorter than the one year funding cycle (a one-time event, such as a conference or youth event); will run for the one year funding cycle; or will be an ongoing project.

Anticipated outcome goals or results of the project – List one or more specific outcomes that will be accomplished by the end of the grant period. Each goal should be specific, measurable and attainable. Following each outcome, describe how it will be measured.

Steps in the process – Time line and schedule of major steps in accomplishing the anticipated outcome goals.

Anticipated number of people served – Provide information regarding what people or groups will benefit from the project

Briefly explain how this proposed project does or does not meet each of the following criteria:

  • Is innovative
  • Demonstrates local ownership
  • Will gather its own ongoing support
  • Is timely or urgent
  • Involves and empowers persons who are deaf

List any other funding – List other sources/agencies through which you have requested financial assistance for this project and the results of your request(s).

Budget – On a separate paper at the end of the narrative:

  • Itemize the TOTAL budget needed for this project
  • Itemize amounts to be provided by other sources/agencies
  • Itemize amounts to be provided by sponsoring organization/congregation
  • Total available for the project
  • Amount requested from Lutheran Friends of the Deaf
  • The percentage of the Lutheran Friends of the Deaf support to the overall budget

For more information about grants, please email

Please return completed grant applications to: Dr. Mark R. Prowatzke, Executive Director Lutheran Friends of the Deaf 40 Frost Mill Road, Box 100 Mill Neck, New York 11765


Mill Neck Foundation, Inc. and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf have memberships and partnerships with other Lutheran organizations such as:

  • Lutheran Services of America
  • Lutheran Services New York Alliance
  • The Atlantic District
  • Wartburg
  • Bethesda
  • Wheat Ridge Ministries


mill0405 <![CDATA[Memorial Program “Celebrate a Life”]]> 2013-08-22T13:18:27Z 2013-08-18T09:50:46Z offers a most fitting way to honor  the memory of those we loved. Your memorial donation will be used to create   opportunities for children who are Deaf and to ensure that they do not become “forgotten,” but rather active participants in their future and ours.