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Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Initiative
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Applications now being accepted for the 2015 award cycle!
Submission deadline: Friday, May 29, 2015
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is soliciting applications from organizations and businesses offering social, recreational, leisure and cultural activities in Rhode Island communities for "Access for All Abilities" (AAA) Mini-Grants. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2015. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500.
The application is completed and submitted online*. Click the link below to access the 2015 application. You may complete the application over multiple sessions. Directions for saving your document are provided within the form. Please review the grant criteria prior to starting your application.
Grant Criteria 92 kb (PDF)
Preview application questions 134 kb (PDF)
Please complete and submit your proposal for a 2015 AAA Mini-Grant using the online application. To access the application in an alternate manner, contact Bernice Panicci at email@example.com or call 401-456-4773.
The Sherlock Center is in its seventh year of the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 26 businesses and organizations have received a total of $57,500 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for individuals with disabilities. The Sherlock Center, Rhode Island's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), receives funding for this initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
The grant program’s purpose is to increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities offered to the public by Rhode Island businesses and organizations. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and town government agencies are encouraged to apply.
AAA Grant applicants must be businesses or organizations currently offering social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Non-profit organizations, businesses, and city or town government agencies, which serve the general public, are encouraged to apply. However, entities, organizations, or programs whose primary missions are disability-focused are not eligible for AAA grants.
A panel of representatives from the Sherlock Center, including individuals with disabilities, will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
- Degree to which proposal will result in increased participation of people with disabilities in leisure, recreational and cultural activities along-side the general public.
- Degree to which proposed strategies or projects demonstrate sustainability.
- Degree to which proposal meets a demonstrated or unmet need.
- Degree to which the business or organization will have sufficient funding to implement the proposed activities upon receipt of grant funds.
- Degree to which proposed activities will be implemented within one year from receipt of grant funds.
- Creative and innovative ideas for combining grant funds with other existing resources for maximum impact.
- Presence of an effective plan for outreach to people with disabilities which includes marketing strategies promoting the increased accessibility. Applicants may use a portion of the funds requested for outreach.
Examples of supportable projects include: purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skill training for employees; modifications to an existing activity to accommodate people with disabilities; seed money for a larger project or strategic planning. These are just a few suggestions. We encourage innovative thinking!
AAA Grants will not fund:
- A service or program designed specifically for individuals with disabilities (e.g., “karate for kids with autism,” “dance classes for adults with disabilities,” “hiking for the visually impaired,” etc.)
- Activities that will primarily be attended by individuals with disabilities.
- Proposals from entities, organizations, or programs whose primary mission or client base is disability focused.
- A service or product which will only benefit a single individual (e.g., equipment needing to be custom fit for a particular person, funding a one-on-one assistant, etc.) or a single disability-focused program or organization.
- A service or program focused on employment or the development of employment-related skills.
- All grant applications must be submitted online, postmarked, or faxed by Friday, May 29, 2015
- Grant award notifications will be provided by June 30, 2015
- Grant funds will be issued by August 1, 2015
- Project must be completed within one year of the grant award.
- Grantees are required to submit a report documenting how the grant funds were used within thirty days after the project completion.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Mary Anne Pallack
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