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Grants to California Nonprofits, Schools, and IHEs
to Improve Communication Resources for People with Disabilities

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, schools, and universities to improve information and communication resources for state residents with disabilities. A letter of inquiry is required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support projects with finite start and end dates or for seed funding for a feasible and viable new program or project.

Types of projects that are funded:

  • Capacity Building Projects that emphasize infrastructure improvement through strategic planning or leadership development. The applicant organization must have existing programs that serve the communication needs of people with disabilities.
  • Research Projects that collect, examine, and evaluate data that will potentially impact the disability field and ultimately communication for people with disabilities.
  • Innovation Projects that develop and test new communication/information access technologies and services that will impact the lives of people with disabilities. The Foundation requires that the testing includes self-advocates/people with disabilities.
  • Sustainable Training Projects (train the trainer, hybrid in-person/web content) to educate/train professionals in communication strategies serving people with disabilities. The Foundation favors programs that are intended to continue to serve people beyond the term of the grant itself. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161912

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $20K –$100K.
- Depending on the nature of the request and the availability of funds, Ability Central may partially approve the amount requested.

Term of Contract:

Projects expected to begin January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be:
- An organization which has a physical location in California (not an online entity) and provides services which benefit people with disabilities in California.
- Tax-exempt, public charity as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Code, including schools, universities, or a project using a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 tax exempt status.
- Working on a project serving California that benefits communication and/or information access for people with disabilities.

Ability Central is not making grants to:
- Individuals
- Projects providing equipment and services that are covered by other publicly-funded programs

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an application information webinar on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

Ability Central is accepting LOIs for its 2022 funding cycle. LOIs are due by July 30, 2021, by 5 pm PST.

- Deadline for LOI submission: July 23, 2021.
- Announcement of LOI decisions, invitation to submit full application notification August 30, 2021.
- Application released: August 30, 2021
- Application Information webinar: Tuesday, Sept 7, 2021.
- Deadline for submission of full grant application: Friday, October 15, 2021.
- Announcement of Grant awards: December 2021.
- Projects expected to begin January 1, 2022.

If you are a returning Grantee, that was awarded a grant from Ability Central (fka Disability Communications Fund) between January 1, 2016-present, you will only need to login to the portal and answer a few questions for the LOI, but you will automatically move on to the application phase.

New applicants must register in the Foundant system before completing the LOI questions.

Current Ability Central grantees may re-apply, however, there is no guarantee that continued funding will be granted. In addition, there is no longer a limit to the number of consecutive years you may receive funding from Ability Central.

In addition to project-related operating costs, Ability Central allows applicants to include up to 25% of their request for general operating expenses in their budget.

Applicants must show a 20% cash match for their requested project budget.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Ability Central Philanthropy Team
(800) 240-6182

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