The AWS Foundation awards grants to organizations in northeast Indiana 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 to programs that focus on individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fragile X syndrome, alcohol fetal syndrome, etc.). Aging or illness related disabilities fall outside the scope of this program.
The foundation has five priority initiatives:
1) Social Enrichment: Inclusive and accessible social, recreational, and creative programs that engage and inspire individuals with disabilities.
2) Education & Employment: Incraasing access to educational resources and activities designed to encourage learning, both academically and in terms of developing life skills that offer individuals with disabilities equal opportunity for meaningful employment.
3) Transportation: Broadening opportunities for accessible, affordable community transportation for individuals with disabilities.
4) Early Diagnosis & System Navigation: Programs that recognize and diagnose disabilities early so that individuals have full opportunity to achieve their highest potential, provide easy access and information to assist families and caregivers, and/or provide better understanding of effective therapies for individuals with disabilities.
5) Housing: Expanding opportunities for safe, secure, and affordable housing that provides a variety of beneficial living environments for individuals with disabilities.
Projects should consider innovative or new approaches that address the needs of people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities; and that involve a significant number of individuals 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 the 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, organizations must be 501(c)(3) organizations serving the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than February 1, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 15, 2018.
See the AWS Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previously funded projects, and application instructions.