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Therapeutic Programs

The Genesis Foundation for Children is proud to provide grant funding to local New England area therapeutic programs.


Grant Proposal Guidelines

The 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed.

The Genesis Foundation for Children is pleased to offer a limited number of grants to fund clinical, educational, and therapy programs for children and young adults with genetic disorders, rare diseases, and intellectual and physical disabilities.

Please keep your proposal to 3 pages maximum, single spaced. Please submit your application via email to with Grant Proposal in the subject line.

2021 Grant Cycle:

  • Grant applications will be accepted between July 1, 2021 and September 3, 2021. 
  • Funding decision notifications will be delivered by Dec. 31, 2021.


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Our Grantees

The therapeutic programs we fund allow children and young adults with rare diseases or genetic disorders the opportunity to participate in various arts and recreational programs. In addition to receiving therapeutic benefits from these fun activities, children also gain new and rewarding experiences from which they develop self-confidence.

Therapeutic Programs

3-21 Foundation

Educational Program

The 3-21 Foundation promotes advances in education and cognition, improving life outcomes so people with Down syndrome can be empowered to pursue their dreams. Our family program, the Learning Program, provides educational information and support for parents and students. We also work with schools, offering program consultation and professional development for educators on best practices for instructing and including students with Down syndrome.


Therapeutic Programs


Music Therapy Program

amplifi is a unique music and performance based program developed through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to allow individuals with extended support needs to learn and express themselves through music. amplifi began with one class of 10 participants in the summer of 2015. Today, amplifi has served over 1,000 individuals and has worked with over 20 community partners in the greater Boston area. We employ 8 trained faculty members who are supported by a team dedicated to curriculum development, instructor training and development, and operations management.


Therapeutic Programs

Bournedale Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool

Music Therapy Program

Bournedale Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool Music Therapy program creates an inclusive classroom for preschoolers ages 3-5, with diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, and emotional difficulties. The program focuses on improving verbal response, language development, social interaction skills, and academic development through dance and movement activities, singing, repetition, and rhyming. The Genesis Foundation was able to fund the purchase of 50 new musical instruments to be used in the Music Therapy Program. This program is, in part, funded by the Cape Cod Fall Classic golf tournament and the Jack Sewell Music Therapy Scholarship.


Therapeutic Programs

The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s

Music Therapy Program

The Music Therapy Program has been offered as part of the educational curriculum at Franciscan Children’s Kennedy Day School (KDS) for over 40 years. KDS’ music therapy programming is unique as it supports students facing challenging medical and special educational issues by engaging them in a curriculum that provides numerous therapeutic benefits. Music therapy is particularly important in special education as it facilitates communication, especially for children who experience difficulty speaking on their own, and encourages the use of music as a lifelong tool for self-expression and creativity. The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s is grateful to the Genesis Foundation for supporting our innovative music therapy programming to help our students learn, create, and express themselves.


Therapeutic Programs

Kids’ Connection Corner

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Kids’ Connection Corner (KCC) provides opportunities for socialization, life skills development, and creative activities for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This three-hour program runs for 20 Sundays throughout the year at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton. KCC promotes optimal health by strengthening support networks for children with ASD and their caregivers. The program provides participants with a range of creative and fun activities that are appropriate for children and adolescents with ASD, such as adaptive sports and music therapy. JF&CS created the KCC to fill a gap in targeted and sensitive recreational and respite activities for children and their families.


Therapeutic Programs


Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

Lovelane is a pediatric, therapeutic horseback riding program that has a dramatic impact on the physical and cognitive development of children with special needs. For 31 years, Lovelane has been committed to providing an individualized program for children with a wide range of special needs that integrates the pure joy and freedom of riding a horse with beneficial and productive therapy to achieve the child’s specific therapeutic goals. Lovelane provides services to 130 students a week with the help of 197 volunteers. Sessions take place seven days a week, year-round for over 4,500 individual therapeutic sessions annually. Lovelane is recognized and regularly recommended by the Boston pediatric medical community for therapy for a wide variety of special needs diagnosis. Lovelane has waiting list of 251 students (December 2019) showing both the need for this unique therapeutic approach and the value parents and their physicians place in its outcomes. Once in our program, children stay for an average of 10 years. This high rate of re-enrollment each semester demonstrates the significance that this particular therapy has in the lives of our clients and their families.


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We are eager to increase the number of programs and are appreciative of additional support from our corporate community.

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We are thrilled to be awarded a grant from the Genesis Foundation to further our work in providing evidence-based educational programs and services for children and youth with Down syndrome. Genesis has been a supporter of community-based programs for years and we are grateful for their support as it will allow us to serve even more families.

Julie Messina, President, 3-21 Foundation

I could see the fear in my wife’s eyes. Dr. Feingold took a lot of time to explain everything to us that day. The most important thing he said was that it would be a journey, but one that he would take WITH us. In that moment, I saw the fear in my wife’s face disappear.

Michael Murphy, father of Zachary, a patient of The Feingold Center for Children

When I learned that my child had problems, I was sick with worry. It is an indescribable feeling of helplessness and powerlessness, fear and anxiety. I don’t know if those feeling ever went away completely. I will always worry. But I now know I don’t have to go it alone. We have the team of professionals at the Feingold Center for Children to thank for that.

Denise Porcello

Our gratitude to The Feingold Center for Children & The Genesis Foundation is immeasurable. Because of their assistance, we have been able to spend more time focused on loving Daniel and his younger brother Brendan. By providing and facilitating optimal care for Daniel, he has reached his true potential and our family has been transformed.

The O’Donnell Family

Bella would need many specialists and we wanted the top ones. The Feingold Center stepped in immediately to help with that and still organizes Bella’s yearly visits with her team. It takes a huge amount of stress off of us as the parents to schedule everything, which is extremely important since Morquio is a progressive disorder.

The Burton Family