The awards grants to organizations in northeast Indiana working to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community, and function at their highest potential.
Grants will be awarded to programs that focus on individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fragile X syndrome, and alcohol fetal syndrome. (Aging or illness related disabilities fall outside the scope of this program.) The foundation encourages applicants to audit the abilities of their organization to discover ventures that expand programs to include children and adults with disabilities.
Projects should consider innovative or new approaches that address the needs of people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, and that involve a significant number of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. The foundation will not consider requests to fund individuals, support the fundraising activities of other organizations, or religious activities.
The foundation also awards smaller grants through its Mighty Money mini grants program. Through the 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. Mighty Money mini-grant proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.
To be eligible for either program, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code serving the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and and Whitley.
For grants of $50,000 or larger, letters of Intent must be received no later than August 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 14, 2018.
See the AWS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.