Foundation: Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF); Opportunity: Nat’l Grant Program (2017); Funding Focus: Disabilities, children and youth, higher education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits working toward full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society; Funding: Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000 each (the foundation distributed about $1 million in grants last year); Deadlines: June 15 (concept papers); July 15 (full proposals).
Summary: Foundation focuses funding for children and youth with disabilities. MEAF grants fund innovative projects empowering children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22-years old) to lead productive lives. Preference is given to areas with Mitsubishi electric facilities (http://tinyurl.com/c4h3tqb).
Collaboration is key. The foundation likes to see multiple partners attached to a project, which means broad community buy-in is a must. The foundation is also big on mentoring. It gave $60,000 to Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston, for Mentoring for All, to help Big Brothers Big Sisters develop strategies for ensuring youth with disabilities have mentoring opportunities. It also gave $25,000 to the Nat’l Inclusion Project (www.inclusionproject.org), Research Triangle Park, NC, to support a national children and youth inclusion campaign.
Proposed projects should be national in scope or model projects replicated at multiple sites. Proposed projects focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics receive preferential treatment. Due to the small size of the foundation staff, applicants are strongly discouraged from phoning during the application process.