What We Fund

DCF awards grants to community-based nonprofit or educational organizations in California which establish projects and programs designed to benefit the communication needs of Californians with disabilities of all ages.

DCF has identified three (3) Funding Priorities. For a project to be considered it must address one of the following areas:

Training the Next Generation of AT and AAC Experts

Projects that build an organization’s capacity to better serve the communication needs of their clients through the training of professionals.

Facilitating Research and Innovation

Collection of data on a service or target population for the purpose of documenting best practices or a gap analysis; or development and testing of new technologies and services which benefit individuals with disabilities that impact their ability to communicate.

Building Networks and Replicating Successful Models

Fostering collaboration and exchange among stakeholders serving the communication needs of Californians with disabilities.

For a detailed description of these focus areas, please review the DCF 2018 Funding Priorities

Our grant cycle follows the calendar year. Projects are expected to last 12 months; grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000; organizations can receive a maximum of three consecutive years of funding. DCF is now also accepting requests for multiyear projects from current and previous grantees only; the maximum grant amount is $200,000 for a 3-year project.

Past DCF Projects

Since 2011, DCF has funded 133 projects by 77 organizations throughout California.

Current DCF Projects

2017 Grant Cycle: download grantees (pdf) - Now with links to detailed project profiles!

For current grantees: