Fort Wayne (September 10, 2015) – The board of the AWS Foundation has awarded $200,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne to support riverfront development efforts. The funding will be used to make the new project accessible to individuals with disabilities.
“We want to see this project exceed ADA requirements,” said Don Steininger, AWS Foundation Board Chair. “Our goal is to help make Fort Wayne’s riverfront a welcoming and exciting destination for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends.”
A portion of the funding will be used to ensure that planning for riverfront development includes consideration of unique amenities that will make the riverfront development responsive to the needs and interests of the disability community. The remaining funds can be used for the additional costs incurred for capital improvements to enhance the riverfront experience for individuals with disabilities.
Along with the $200,000 grant, a 50% match from Lilly Endowment under the Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow program will provide an additional $100,000 for projects funded with the AWS grant.
“We are thrilled that the AWS Foundation is providing this support,” said Chris Rupp, board President of the Community Foundation. “This will help to make sure riverfront attractions become the destination of choice for persons of all abilities.” Founded in 2007, the mission of AWS Foundation is 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.
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