Funding Available for Intellectual, Developmental, Physical Disabilities Programs

The AWS Foundation provides grants to improve the delivery of services to those with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Projects should help those receiving services to live as independently as possible.

Deadline: Varies.

The awards go to organizations in northeast Indiana working to help children and adults 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.

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About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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