Funding for Programs Serving Children with Disabilities
The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation believes that every young person deserves to have the chance to realize their highest potential, regardless of the challenges they face.
In support of this mission, the foundation is awarding grants through its Programs & Services program in support of projects supporting children, adolescents, or young adults (up to age 26) affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. The foundation is open to multiyear proposals with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 a year.
The foundation will give preference to proposals in the following areas:
Screening and Assessment — Programs or processes that identify challenges that young people face and match them with optimally effective services, treatment, or supports.
Community-Based Education and Supports — Community-based education that enhances knowledge of intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders; and programs that support parent or peer networks, respite or social activities, family-based support for recovery and wellness, and family support of career and educational planning.
Transition/Service Navigation — Programs that help young people navigate life transitions, including transitions from one educational setting to another, transitions from job training to employment, and transitions that continue to facilitate personal growth and fulfillment. This includes programs that facilitate sustained recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Applicants will be able to create online portal accounts beginning September 4, with preliminary grant requests due September 11. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 2, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must be located in and currently providing services to one or more of the above populations in Erie and Niagara counties in western New York and Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket counties in eastern Massachusetts; and be tax exempt as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a not-for-profit public benefit corporation, public or diocesan school district, or a private or charter school.
See the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.