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    THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DISABLILITIES.
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    Grant Seekers

    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 to discover ventures that, coupled with our grant making activities, expand your programs to include children and adults with disabilities. 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.

    Grant Guidelines

    FOCUS

    Our focus is specific to individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fragile X syndrome and alcohol fetal syndrome, etc. Aging or illness related disabilities fall outside our scope of disabilities.

    Requirements

    To be competitive for funding, your request should:

    • Align with the AWS Foundation’s mission.
    • Consider innovative or new approaches that address the needs of people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.
    • Involve a significant number of individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.
    • Requests to fund individuals, support fundraising activities of other organizations or religious activities are not competitive for funding

    Geographic Area

    Organizations qualified for funding consideration must be 501(c)(3) organizations serving the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. The Foundation’s funding priorities are:

    1. Program
    2. Capital
    3. Operating

    Grant Schedule

    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.

    FALL 2016

    Grant Application Due:
    September 15, 2016


    Decision Announcement:
    November 11, 2016

    WINTER 2016

    Grant Application Due:
    December 15, 2016


    Decision Announcement:
    February 10, 2017

    SPRING 2017

    Grant Application Due:
    March 15, 2017

    Decision Announcement:
    May 10, 2017

    SUMMER 2017

    Grant Application Due:
    June 15, 2017


    Decision Announcement:
    August 9, 2017

    Grant Application

    When you have read through our Grant Guidelines and have determined your request meets our criteria, we recommend you review this list of Application Questions.

    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.

    Mighty Money

    Our “mini grants” are designed to quickly provide funding to not-for-profit organizations who need a little boost for their big idea. These grants are available to organizations serving northeast Indiana. Before applying, you may view the Mighty Money Questions.

    Grant Cycles:

    • Applications accepted any time throughout the year.
    • Limit of one application per year.

    Mighty Money features:

    • Grants of $2,500 or less
    • Simple application
    • Approval within 30 days
    MIghty Money

    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.