Signature Employment Grants for people with disabilities – Feb 22

Posted by Kessler Foundation on December 18, 2018

Kessler Foundation Invites Applications for Signature Employment Grants

The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through discovery, innovation, demonstration, application, and dissemination.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Concept Applications from nonprofit organizations for its annual Signature Employment grants program, which supports new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, and social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas that help solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities.

For 2019, Kessler Foundation has a special interest in use-benefit planning, workforce incentives, and part-time employment aimed at helping people with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter into the job market following injury. The foundation hopes that a better understanding of how to manage current benefits and coordination with other public benefit systems (e.g., housing vouchers, SNAP, TANF) will dispel the myths around the disabled and increase their employment participation. Any innovative concept is eligible for funding.

Grants of up to $500,000 over two years will be awarded in support of qualified pilot projects. Signature grants are not intended to fund project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities. Innovation lies at the core of all Signature Employment grants.

A 15 percent match of the total request amount is required, with the additional percentage added to the total project budget. Matching funds must be newly acquired and available for the grant project.

All interested candidates must submit an online concept application no later than February 22, 2019. Upon review, select candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Any organization recognized as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code may apply for funding. This includes nonprofit agencies, public or private schools, and public institutions such as universities and government agencies (state, local, federal) in the United States or any of its territories.

See the Kessler Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions.

Deadline: February 22, 2019 (Concept Applications)

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