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to Benefit Individuals With Disabilities

Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF)

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Borealis Philanthropy

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06/30/22 8:59 PM PT or 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations to benefit individuals with disabilities. Funding is intended to strengthen disability rights, inclusion, and justice. Priority will be given to applicants that are disability-led, especially those with leaders who are women and/or from the BIPOC or queer and gender non-conforming communities.

All funding will be aligned with the Disability Inclusion Fund’s guiding values:

  • Participation: Movement funding is accountable to the disability justice movement. Those most impacted by injustice/exclusion should be involved in strategies to advance justice/inclusion.
  • Intersectionality: Acknowledging that disabled people have multiple and intersecting social and political identities that can influence their access and inclusion including race, gender identity, class, and sexual orientation.
  • Radical inclusion: Deeply committed to removing barriers and ensuring access so that those most affected by intersecting identities can participate, valuing lived experience.
  • Leadership of those most impacted: Emphasis is given to organizations led by disabled people of color, queer, gender nonconforming and women with disabilities.
  • Cross-movement solidarity: Intentional focus on collaboration and bridge-building amongst disability justice activists and across movements.
DIF will prioritize funding organizations that meet the following criteria:
  • Organizations that are disability-led with priority towards Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), queer and gender non-conforming, and women disability-led organizations.
  • Work that engages other social movements and injustices for example: The movement for Black lives, climate change, immigration rights, labor rights, racial justice, queer and trans liberation, etc.
  • Work that brings other organizations, leaders, movements, and communities together to build power through relationships, coalitions and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Work that drives narrative change by celebrating, creating, and uplifting the representation of disabled people in the arts, media, literature, and other creative works.
  • Work that moves practices of disability inclusion and disability justice forward. Examples of this work include community organizing, mutual aid, advocacy and/or policy work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197548

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range in size from $30,000- $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The DIF will provide one-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF), housed at Borealis Philanthropy, supports U.S.-based groups run by and for people with disabilities to lead transformational change.

DIF defines ‘disability-led’ as: the leadership in your organization are people with disabilities, including management staff/advisory committees/governing boards. DIF defines leadership as at least 50% of your organization’s leadership are people with disabilities i.e. the executive director, management staff, and advisory committee members or governing boards should be represented by a majority of people with disabilities.

- Organizational budget cannot exceed $1.5 million
- Organization must be a U.S-based or U.S. territory-based 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored, or LLC

All potential grantees that are non-501c3 organizations—that is, for-profit entities— including sole proprietors, LLCs, and corporations, will be required to take a few additional steps in order to ensure the grant funds are being used for charitable purposes. These steps include:
- As part of the grant application, provide evidence of other grants private or public sector to the organization. This can be a list of past grants made to your organization, for what purpose, and at what amount.
- After a grant is made, grant funds must be in separate bookkeeping accounts.
- Grantee reporting will be the same for non-501c3 and 501c-3 grantees.
- As part of the grant application, provide articles of incorporation, tax classification or certification.

If you previously applied for and/or received a rapid response grant, you are still eligible to apply. Please be aware that eligibility requirements for this application are different.

What cannot be supported:
- Organizations that are non-U.S based or not based in a U.S. Territory
- Individuals
- Universities
- Hospitals
- Organizations or projects that only provide research. Organizations or projects that provide research are eligible only if they also engage in community organizing, advocacy, and/or policy work.
- Organizations or projects that only provide direct service (i.e., Personal Care Attendants, durable medical equipment, behavioral or medical care, employment supportive programs, or adaptive sports, etc.). Organizations or projects that provide direct services are eligible only if they also engage in community organizing, advocacy, or policy work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DIF will be hosting an informational webinar on May 25th, 2022 at 11am PST/2pm EST to review the application process and answer applicant questions. Please register for the webinar here:

ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided. The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for proposals is June 30th, 2022 by 8:59pm PT or 11:59pm ET.

Applicants who submit proposals by the June 30, 2022 deadline will be notified about whether or not their project will be funded by December 5, 2022.

Before you apply, please take the eligibility quiz, if the eligibility quiz is successful you will be prompted to log into your online grants portal where you will have access to the application.

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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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