AWS Foundation awards grants 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. “Mighty Money” mini grants, designed to provide a boost for not-for-profits, are also available.
We invite you to creatively audit the abilities of your organization for opportunities that, coupled with our grant making activities, expand your programs to serve the disability community. Then take a look at the eligibility and funding guidelines below to see how AWS Foundation might partner with your organization to make that vision a reality. For grant ideas, click here to review past grant recipients.
As you explore the possibilities and have questions about how your grant request aligns with our mission and guidelines, please email or call Lynne Gilmore, Chief Program Officer at 260.207.5656.
Letter of Intent
Beginning July 2017, we’re adding a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the grant application process. An LOI is required for requests that fall into one of these categories:
- The organization is making its first formal grant request;
- The request is for capital support regardless of amount;
- The request is for $50,000 or more;
- The funding is a multi-year request.
You can access the LOI online application here and download a copy of the questions. The LOI must be submitted on the organization’s letterhead and include the following:
- Program or Project Name
- Summary of the program/project, demonstrated need and expected outcomes
- Total cost of the program/project
- Amount requested from AWS Foundation
- How the request aligns with the Foundation’s mission and one of our priority initiatives
- Signed and dated by the Executive Director/CEO
Upon our receipt of your LOI, you will be contacted by Lynne Gilmore, Chief Program Officer, to discuss the request for eligibility and next steps.
Key LOI dates for each grant cycle are:
Fall 2017 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Intent due August 1, 2017 by 5 p.m. (EST)
- Invitation to apply by August 15, 2017
- Grant Application due September 15, 2017 by 5 p.m.
- Grant decision on November 15, 2017
Winter 2017 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Intent due November 1, 2017 by 5 p.m.
- Invitation to apply by November 15, 2017
- Grant Application due December 15, 2017 by 5 p.m.
- Grant decision on February 13, 2018
Spring 2018 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Intent due February 1, 2018 by 5 p.m.
- Invitation to apply by February 15, 2018
- Grant Application due March 15, 2018 by 5 p.m.
- Grant decision on May 8, 2018
Summer 2018 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Intent due May 1, 2018 by 5 p.m.
- Invitation to apply by May 15, 2018
- Grant Application due June 15, 2018 by 5 p.m.
- Grant decision on August 14, 2018
AWS Foundation has four grant application deadlines per fiscal year. Below is the list of upcoming grant cycles. Applications open the first day of the month of which they are due and must be received by 5 p.m. (EST) per the grant deadlines below and are accepted only via the Foundation’s website.
We have implemented a new online grant application and management system using Foundant Technology. This new system enables you to work on your application over time, cut and paste information into question fields, save your work and then return to it. You can also print the entire application (including attachments) with just one click. Reports will be submitted using this grant portal too. And, your organization’s applications and reports will be permanently stored for you to access at any time.
The logon process requires the following:
- A user name that is an email address
- Your contact information
- Your organization’s information including the EIN/Tax ID number
- Contact information for the organization’s Executive Director/CEO
To begin the application process click here.
Note: When referring to people with disabilities in your grant application, please use “People First” Language, respectfully putting the person before the disability, i.e., individuals with disabilities, individual with autism.
For an example on what “People First” Language is and how to write in this point of view, click here.
Have a great idea, but not sure if it’s grant worthy?
Send us a quick description of your concept. We’ll let you know what we think and give you pointers on making it a grant-winning success.