Interested in applying for an AWS Foundation Grant? Start here and then follow these steps…

Grant Types

We have three grant types. Traditional grants are the largest grants we award. Mighty Money can give you a quick boost. And specialty grants help you meet specific goals.

Learn more about each grant type below.

Traditional Grants

Traditional grants are in the name. These are primary grants that follow a specific schedule and require a comprehensive application.

Programs and projects large and small, operating support and capital campaigns are all eligible for this grant, but they must align with at least one of our priority initiatives:

  • Education & Employment
  • Early Diagnosis & System Navigation
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Promoting Social Enrichment

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About this Grant

Focus:
Organizations and projects in Northeast Indiana that help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

Amount:
Varies

Frequency:
Awarded on a quarterly basis

New Applicants

If this is your first time seeking a grant from us, take a look at the eligibility requirements on the Resources for New Applicants page.

Returning Grantees

If youve already received a grant from us, take a look at the Resources for Returning Grantees page next.

Mighty Money Grants

These mini grants provide funding to nonprofits who need a little help for their big idea.

The application is simple, and it is always open.

About this Grant

Focus: Organizations in Northeast Indiana who need a boost for their big idea that aligns with our mission and initiatives, serving individuals with disabilities.


Amount: $2,500 or less


Frequency: Applications accepted any time throughout the year. Approval within 30 days.


Limits: Limit of one application per year, per organization.

How to Apply

  1. Email Andie Mosley, Grants & Outreach Coordinator, with any questions.
  2. Review the application questions and prepare your responses.
  3. Fill out your application on our online grant portal. You’ll need to create an account or log into an existing account.

Specialty Grants

We award these grants for projects that meet specific goals. Each opportunity will vary according to our current funding focus.

Gilmore Inclusive Arts Grant

This grant supports special projects focused on including and engaging individuals with disabilities in the local arts communities of Northeast Indiana.

About this Grant

Focus: Special projects focused on including and engaging individuals with disabilities in the local arts communities of Northeast Indiana.


Amount: Up to $25,000


Frequency: Annually in Fall grantmaking cycle (no LOI needed).

Requirements

  • Applications should be for a new program or project inclusive of those with disabilities (as defined under focus).
  • Must be located in Northeast Indiana.
  • An organization can only receive a Gilmore Grant as a primary applicant once.
  • Funding is for programming and capital only.
  • If the project is ongoing, applicants will be asked for a plan of sustainability.
  • Priority will be given to submissions with the greatest impact, but projects affecting a small group are welcome to apply.
  • Collaborations are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Applicants need to be part of a 501(c)(3). If an individual would like to apply, they should find a 501(c)(3) partner.

Previous Recipients

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne: 2019 Recipient

Gigis Playhouse: 2020 Recipient

How to Apply

  1. Look at the requirements (above) to see if you qualify.
  2. Contact Andie Mosley to get the application deadline.
  3. Fill out your application on our online grant portal. You’ll need to create an account or log into an existing account.