The AWS Foundation works to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community, and function at their highest potential.
To that end, the foundation is currently accepting applications from organizations in northeast Indiana working to assist individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fragile X syndrome, and alcohol fetal syndrome.
The foundation provides program, capital, and operating support grants through five priority areas: social enrichment (inclusive and accessible social, recreational, and creative programs); education and employment (access to educational resources and activities for successful learning, both academic and life skills); transportation (opportunities for accessible, affordable transportation); early diagnosis and system navigations (programs that recognize and diagnose disabilities as well as those that provide access and information to assist families and caregivers); and housing (with a focus on broadening opportunities for safe, secure, and affordable housing for those with disabilities).
Letters of Intent are required from organizations approaching the foundation with their first formal grant request, those requesting capital support, requests for $50,000 or more, and multiyear requests. LOIs are due January 31, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 28, 2020.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
See the AWS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.