Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects to benefit youth, young adults, and veterans with disabilities. Projects should help individuals with disabilities acquire the skills necessary for successful career development and help maximize their potential and participation in society. The Foundation will also consider projects that create tools to break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people and veterans with disabilities entering the workforce.
MEAF supports projects that:
Develop youth leadership & employment skills, and/or create tools for employers that help break down barriers and increase employment opportunities for youth and veterans with disabilities
Present an innovative approach that leads to measurable employment outcomes for youth with disabilities
Are national in scope, or model projects that have a definite plan for national dissemination and replication
Support U.S. youth with disabilities as the main beneficiary, or young veterans with disabilities transitioning to civilian life
Promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities, and promote inclusive, competitive employment practices
Have a well-defined evaluation, dissemination and replication plan
MEAF defines youth from birth through college-aged (about 26).
The Foundation does not broker requests for product donations from Mitsubishi Electric companies.
MEAF does not fund:
- Individuals (scholarships, stipends, fellowships, personal assistance)
- Intermediary organizations such as the United Way
- Organizations whose services are limited to a particular ethnic, fraternal, labor or political constituency
- Loans of money for any purpose
- Capital campaigns/building funds
- Projects focused exclusively on research
- Organizations with discriminatory hiring practices based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected category
- Equipment or devices for individual users, except for employment accommodations as part of a larger project
- Organizations engaged exclusively in political activities or lobbying
- Locally based activities without national impact
- Individual schools or school districts
- Sectarian or religious activities for religious purposes
- Projects or events that are already completed
- Endowment campaigns
- Political campaigns or causes
- Fund-raising events
- Projects exclusively benefiting individuals or groups outside of the United States
MEAF accepts online proposals from July 15 to November 1 to be considered for the following year’s funding.
- Jul. 15 Online proposals accepted
- Nov. 1 Proposals due
- Mar. 15 Funding decision made
- Apr. 1 New project funding begins