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Strategic Employment Placement Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits and Agencies for
Job Placement Programs for Disabled Individuals

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Able Trust

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Multi-year grants to Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that offer job placement services for residents with disabilities. The Foundation is interested in funding long-term employment programs (long-term is defined as work that is for at least one year at minimum wage).

The goal of providing a multi-year grant is to offer organizations the opportunity to be in a strategic position to create an employment placement program that results in career opportunities for individuals with disabilities by establishing relationships with people, businesses, and community resources that foster employment outcomes. The multi-year term of these grants is intended to help fund the sustainability of the proposed program, with the anticipation that funded programs will continue well into the future.

Applicant organizations are expected to have the organizational leadership in place to implement a substantial program, with goals and objectives to be competitive in the grant consideration process for the Strategic Employment Placement Grant.

The Board of Directors of The Able Trust developed guidelines to help define successful employment, a phrase that is contained in its mission statement. When The Able Trust is reviewing proposals for grant consideration and when funded proposals are reviewed for meeting goals at the end of the grant term, the following definitions and descriptions are applicable:

- Length/Retention: 6-8 months for first placement, for placements which are not designed as an internship or similar. One year preferred.
- Pay: Minimum Wage, with potential for raises.
- Hours/Week: At least 20 hours per week, with 60% working 30 or more hours/week by the end of the first year of employment.
- Position: entry level OK, with room for advancement.
- Employed 1 year: at least 70% employed one year later. At least 70% employed 2 years later. Can change jobs/employers.
- Competitive: at least 80% must be competitive positions (not supported or transitional).
- Integrated: at least 90% are integrated positions – working with diverse workforce.
- Transitional: No more than 20% of jobs can be transitional/supported employment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172386

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Awards in this category cover a three year grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Able Trust (Foundation) will accept for review complete proposals and supplemental materials from organizations that are either governmental agencies or are currently qualified as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and demonstrate outcomes in serving the employment needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Florida.

The employment gained by participating individuals is expected to be career- oriented positions and proposed employment programs under the Strategic Employment Placement Program should create, strengthen or otherwise make use of partnerships and/or collaborations with post-secondary institutions such a technical centers, state colleges and universities as well as other schooling that might be available in Florida communities that could provide a participant with a start in a progressive career path.

For a proposal to be considered there must be an active and current fundraising plan and incoming streams of revenue.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due November 16, 2018.

Proposals with multiple sources of funding are encouraged.

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Contact Information:

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

Completed Applications should be mailed to:

The Able Trust
Strategic Employment Placement Grant
3320 Thomasville Rd
Suite 200
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Questions can be addressed to or 850-224-4493.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida