National Projects to Empower Youth With Disabilities

Posted by on January 21, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Offers Support for National Projects to Empower Youth With Disabilities
Deadline: June 1, 2013

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation’s National Grants program provides support for innovative model projects of national scope focused on the foundation’s mission of helping youth with disabilities lead productive lives through increased employment.

The program seeks to fund innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology, and the environment. MEAF defines youth from birth through college (about 26 years of age). The foundation will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities.

Grants will be provided to nonprofit organizations in the United States with 501(c)(3) status for projects that present an innovative approach leading to measurable employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. Projects should be national in scope or have a definite plan for national dissemination and replication; should promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities; and should promote inclusive competitive employment practices. Preference is given to projects that take place in Mitsubishi Electric community locations or involve Mitsubishi Electric Employee Volunteers.

Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $75,000 per year, for one to three years. Six to twelve grants are awarded each year.

The foundation accepts concept papers from January 1 to June 1 to be considered for the following year’s funding.

For complete program guidelines, application procedures, and the eligibility quiz, visit the MEAF Web site.

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