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Grants to California Nonprofits to Address the Communication Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

Communication Access Grants


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
California Communications Access
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/12/23
Deadline: 10/04/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
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.

2024 Communication Access Grants:

  • Innovation and digital accessibility 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, universal 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.
  • Developing and training healthcare professionals in strategies and tools that improve access to care for people with communication disabilities: Activity Central is looking for projects to develop, train, and implement resources and programmatic models for people with disabilities who communicate and access information via methods such as braille, screen readers, American Sign Language (ASL), tactile interpreters, co-navigators, and/or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This project is intended to train and equip healthcare professionals and healthcare systems with the knowledge, accessible resources, and multi-modal communication partner strategies to improve culturally responsive care for patients with communication disabilities and their care teams. These projects should be replicable and include people with disabilities in the planning, training, and implementation.
  • Career and leadership development projects for people with communication disabilities: Activity Central is seeking strong, scalable, and replicable projects that provide supportive and fairly-compensated career training opportunities for people with communication disabilities.

For additional information, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Ability Central only funds nonprofit organizations operating in California.

Ability Central is not currently funding research projects or studies that are not yet ready to be implemented.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Ability Central Applicant Info Webinar: June 15th, 2023, 12pm – 1pm PDT

Register in Advance:

Pre-Application Information
- Applications open May 25th, 2023
- Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline July 12th, 2023, 5pm
- Staff, advisory group, and board review July 3–August 18th, 2023
- LOI acceptance or rejection notification August 25th, 2023
- Applications due October 4th, 2023, 5pm
- Staff, advisory group, and board review October 5th–November 9th, 2023
- Notification of awards November 17th, 2023

All times and dates are in PDT/PST.

What We Support:

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

Contact Information
Apply Online:

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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