AWS Foundation COVID-19 Response


Opens July 16

Grant goal:  To nurture creativity in meeting the instructional needs of individuals with enduring disabilities (in a variety of environments) during non-traditional circumstances.

  • 50% of grants awarded will be for up to $1,000
  • 40% of grants awarded will be for up to $2,500
  • 10% of grants awarded will be for up to $5,000

 Consideration will be given to:

  • School districts within the 11 NE Indiana counties served by AWS Foundation (Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley).
  • Ideas with the greatest student impact aligned to identified initiatives
  • Ideas that promote inclusive environments
  • Requests that promote collaboration of community resources
  • Requests that lend themselves to sustainable practices

Grants are NOT intended for:

  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as your primary purpose. We will consider minimal expense on PPE.
  • Internal staff pay (excluding possible transportation related to grant activities)

**All activities/instruction need to be consistent with community health guidelines.


  • Grants will be accepted during Semester I of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Decisions will be made as applications are submitted with all dollars expended before the start of Semester II.
  • Complete and submit K-12 Education Emergency Grant Request found on our Grant Portal.
    • Must have a district representative signature (Principal, Superintendent, Special Education Director).
  • Applications will be reviewed by AWSF Grants Team.
    • Applications that do not include all required elements will be delayed for consideration.
  • Award Announcements will be made (typically) within 2 weeks of submission.
    • If awarded, a grant agreement will be sent to the applicant’s email address and must be signed and returned prior to the distribution of funds.
  • A written grant report will be due 6 months following the grant award.
  • Direct any questions to either Joni Schmalzried ( or Jenny Snyder (

COVID-19 Resources

Back to School Toolkit for Kids with Autism During COVID

Courtesy of IIDC

Transitioning Back to School During COVID

What Not for Profits Need to Know About COVID-19 Legislation and Opportunities