Marguerite-Marie Delacroix Support Fund

Marguerite-Marie Delacroix Support Fund

The Marguerite-Marie Delacroix Support Fund ("The Fund") is a public utility Foundation that funds research grants and supports projects in the field of intellectual or physical disability and autism.

 

Vision

"For the Prevention of Disability and the Protection of the Deficient Person"

The problem

  • Intellectual disability strikes 3% of the population or 330,000 people in our country
  • Cerebral palsy affects 3 out of 1000 people, or 33,000 people
  • Autism Spectrum disorders affect 1% of our population, or 100,000 people.

The Fund acts by :

Awarding research grants and promoting scientific projects aimed at preventing disabilities and improving the quality of life of people affected by the disease and their relatives
Providing material support to organizations providing assistance and care for children and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities
Country of action: Belgium

Impact

  • The Fund is now reaching 1 person with a deficiency out of 1000
  • In the last 5 years, 73 grants have been awarded to researchers in Belgium
  • Tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families benefit from the results of these research projects.

History :

The Fund was created in 1950 by Mr. and Mrs. Jules Delacroix in memory of their daughter who died from scarlet fever at the age of 13. Today, the board of directors is still composed of the descendants of the founders. The council is assisted and advised in its task by a scientific advisor, Professor Gaston Verellen (Emeritus Professor UCL in Pediatrics) who chairs the Scientific Council of the Fund. It is composed of nine professors from different disciplines coming from all universities of the country.

What the Fund does / does not do

The Fund awards grants intended to remunerate researchers whose projects are in line with the foundation’s purpose and who benefit from quality scientific supervision in recognized institutions. Research results are disseminated at (inter) national conferences and in the form of scientific articles and doctoral theses. Operating costs (administrative, exams, medication, travel, ...) are not taken into account.