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Communication Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

Communication Access Grants

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations to benefit people with disabilities. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects and training to address the communication needs of children and adults with disabilities.

2023 Communication Access Grants:

  • Innovation Projects: Ability Central's major funding encourages the implementation of innovative technologies, services, and solutions benefitting people with disabilities. Ability Central prioritizes projects that employ human-centered design by involving the perspectives of people with disabilities in all steps of the process. Planning and testing must include people with disabilities, and people with disabilities must be compensated.
  • Training Communication Access Professionals: This priority focuses on the strategic training of professionals in the communications and information access fields. Professionals in these fields have the potential to impact many individuals over the course of their careers. Ability Central strongly encourages train-the-trainer models and the creation of publicly available online training materials. Ability Central prioritizes projects that include people with disabilities in their design and implementation. Ability Central also prioritizes collaboration and exchange between organizational partners.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161912

Estimated Size of Grant:

Innovation Projects: Grant awards range between $10,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects expected to begin January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ability Central only funds nonprofit organizations operating in the state of California.

Ability Central is not focusing its 2023 funding on AAC training.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Ability Central Applicant Info Webinar: June 22, 12pm – 1pm PDT

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applications open: May 31st, 2022
- Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: July 15th, 2022, 5 pm
- Staff, advisory group, and board review: July 15th – August 18th, 2022
- LOI acceptance or rejection notification: August 19th, 2022
- Applications due: October 5th, 2022
- Staff, advisory group, and board review: October 5th – November 18th, 2022
- Notification of awards: November 28th, 2022

All times and dates are in PDT/PST.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions regarding your eligibility or whether your project is a good fit, please contact Jessie Galloway, associate program officer for Ability Central:

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