Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grants for Programs Supporting Young People With Disabilities

From The Foundation Center...

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) Accepting Applications for National Grant Program to Support Young People With Disabilities

Deadline: June 1, 2009

Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to provide access for young people with disabilities to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities in the company of non-disabled peers...

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation is dedicated to helping young Americans with disabilities maximize their potential and full participation in society.

Through its National Grant program, MEAF provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are working toward the full inclusion of young people (newborn to early 20s) with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and have the potential to be replicated at multiple sites. A major program emphasis is inclusion -- enabling young people with disabilities to have full access to educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities and to participate alongside their non-disabled peers.

Grants are made only to U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. While requests from all parts of the United States will be considered, priority will be given to communities where Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies are located. Preference is given to organizations and projects that reflect collaboration among groups, and to those that actively involve people with disabilities in program planning and implementation.

Grant amounts vary based on the nature of the project/organization and the duration of proposed activities. Funding is available for both project costs and operating support, and is open to both disability-specific organizations and those that serve the general population.

The foundation accepts and reviews concept papers throughout the year, but concept papers should be submitted by June 1 to be considered for funding in the following year. If the concept paper is approved, the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal.

For complete application guidelines and examples of funded projects, see the MEAF Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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