The AWS Foundation awards grants to organizations in northeast Indiana working 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.
Grants will be awarded in support of programs focused on individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fragile X syndrome, and alcohol fetal syndrome. Aging or illness-related disabilities fall outside the scope of the program. The foundation encourages applicants to creatively audit the capacity of their organizations to expand programs to include children and adults with disabilities.
Projects should consider innovative or new approaches that address the needs of a significant number of people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. The foundation will not consider requests to fund individuals, the fundraising activities of other organizations, or religious activities.
The foundation also awards smaller grants through its Mighty Money mini-grants program. Through that program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to provide funding to nonprofit organizations that need a little boost for their big idea.
To be eligible for either program, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization serving the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
See the AWS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.