Here’s a funding opportunity for arts and cultural organizations interested in small grants designed to include more people with disabilities in their programs alongside people without disabilities, or to increase access by people with disabilities to existing programs. Go to
http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/aaa.html for other links.
Access for All Abilities Mini Grant Opportunities
2011 Grant Cycle
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is soliciting applications from organizations and businesses offering social, recreational, leisure and cultural activities in Rhode Island communities for “Access for All Abilities” (AAA) Mini-Grants. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2011. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500.
Proposals are due by March 18, 2011
The purpose of this grant program is to:
- Support efforts of Rhode Island leisure businesses and organizations to include more people with disabilities in scheduled activities, alongside people without disabilities.
- Increase access (physical, financial, programmatic) for people with various disabilities to existing social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in the community.
Eligibility – AAA Grant applicants must be businesses or organizations offering social, leisure, recreational, and/or cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Non-profit organizations, businesses, city or town government agencies are encouraged to apply.
A panel of representatives from the Sherlock Center, Accessible Rhode Island and VSA Arts of Rhode Island, including individuals with disabilities, will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
- Degree to which proposal will increase long-term accessibility for people with disabilities to leisure activities.
- Degree to which proposal will result in increased integration of people with disabilities into community activities alongside people without disabilities.
- Degree to which proposed strategies or projects have a long term impact or demonstrate sustainability.
- Presence of an effective plan for outreach to people with disabilities which includes marketing strategies promoting the increased accessibility. Applicants may use a portion of the funds requested for outreach
- Degree to which proposal meets a demonstrated or unmet need.
- Creative and innovative ideas for combining grant funds with other existing resources for maximum impact.
Examples of supportable projects: purchase or development of specialized equipment or product to enhance accessibility; sensitivity or specific skill training for employees; modifications to an existing activity to accommodate people with disabilities; seed money for a larger project or strategic planning. These are just a few suggestions. We encourage innovative thinking!
AAA grants will not fund:
- Development of a disability-only program (e.g., “karate for kids with autism,” “dance classes for adults with disabilities,” “hiking for the visually impaired,” etc.)
- Proposals from entities whose primary client base is already people with disabilities
- A service or product which will only benefit a single individual (e.g., equipment needing to be custom fit for a particular person, funding a one-on-one assistant, etc)
- All grant applications must be submitted online, postmarked, or faxed by March 18, 2011.
- Grant award notifications will be sent in writing within thirty days of the deadline.
- Project must take place within one year of the grant award (July 1 for 2011/2012 grant cycle).
- Grantees are required to submit a report documenting how the grant funds were used within thirty days after the project completion.
The AAA Mini-Grant application is completed and submitted online. Click the link below to access the form. You may save and complete the form over multiple sessions. To access the form in an alternate format, contact the Sherlock Center at (401) 456-8072.
For more information or assistance, contact Mary Anne Pallack at 401-456-8072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College awarded a total of $10,000 in “Access for Abilities” mini-grants to five Rhode Island organizations.