Funding Opportunity: Expanding Disability Inclusion and Access in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Deadline Extended to Wednesday, April 15.
Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by The Heinz Endowments
As part of Disability Inclusion and Access: Moving Forward, The Heinz Endowments is inviting proposals that will help organizations become more fully inclusive of individuals with disabilities. Areas of special interest to the Endowments include:
- Organizational assessment to identify barriers to inclusion of people with disabilities and plans to address those barriers. Barriers often exist not only in physical environments, but also on website and social media platforms, in staff knowledge and attitudes, and in organizational policies and procedures. You may choose to conduct an overall assessment of your agency’s accessibility (from physical space to policy) or to have a more targeted focus (making your website accessible or doing a communications audit).
- Development and implementation of plans to remove barriers and become more intentional about inclusion.
- Training programs for staff, board members or volunteers to develop the knowledge and attitudes needed to assure participation of people with disabilities as clients and colleagues.
- Support for the inclusion of people with disabilities as volunteers, board or staff members.
Please note that requests for funding to address physical barriers through improvements such as installing ramps will only be considered if the requests also include a training component for staff or some other parallel effort to create a more inclusive culture.
The primary goal of the funding is to make organizations that serve the broader community accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. Organizations that already focus on serving individuals with disabilities may apply for support to make their services more broadly accessible – for example an organization that provides mental health services might propose making their website accessible to individuals with visual disabilities.
Please view the full RFP from The Heinz Endowments here.
Awards for the Disability Inclusion and Access grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000.
Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by June 1, 2020.
If you have questions about developing an accessibility plan/project, or if you need assistance with identifying a consultant, please contact Josie Badger at firstname.lastname@example.org.