What We Fund

2022 Funding Cycle-accepting LOIs, due July 30th by 5 pm PST

We are pleased to announce that Ability Central is accepting LOIs for its 2022 Grant Program. We award approximately $1 million annually to nonprofit and educational institutions implementing projects that improve communication or information access for people with disabilities in California.

Types of projects we are interested in funding in 2022: 

  • Capacity Building Projects that emphasize infrastructure improvement through strategic planning or leadership development. The applicant organizations must have existing programs that serve the communication needs of people with disabilities. 
  • Research Projects that collect, examine, and evaluate data that will potentially impact the disability field and, ultimately, communication for people with disabilities. 
  • Innovation Projects that develop and test new communication/information access technologies and services that will impact the lives of people with disabilities. We require that the testing includes self-advocates/people with disabilities. 
  • Sustainable Training Projects (train the trainer, hybrid in-person/web content) to educate/train professionals in communication strategies serving people with disabilities. We favor programs that are intended to continue to serve people beyond the term of the grant itself.

Review LOI Guidelines

 

 

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In past years, Ability Central has awarded grants to community-based nonprofit or educational organizations in California that establish projects and programs designed to benefit the communication needs of Californians with disabilities of all ages.

ABILITY CENTRAL GRANTMAKING

Our grant cycle follows the calendar year. Projects are expected to last 12 months; grant amounts range from $20,000 to $100,000.

Ability Central (formerly DCF) Funded Projects

Since 2011, Ability Central Philanthropy has funded 164 projects by 93 organizations throughout California.

2021 FUNDING CYCLE-COVID-19 Response

In order to provide ongoing support to our current Grantee Partners, the Board of Directors did not release new funding priorities for 2021. Instead, we offered Continuation Grants to our current 2020 Grantee Partners for the 2021 grant cycle. 

ABILITY CENTRAL EVENT SUPPORT 

In July of 2018, we launched a Discretionary Events Funding Program. Events selected for funding complement our mission to promote access to communication and information for individuals with disabilities in California. Funding is intended to support an organization in hosting a topic-based workshop or conference. 

Available Funds & Award Amounts

  • Applications are accepted year-round.
  • Ability Central has a total of $50,000 to award in the 2021-2022 rolling cycle. 
  • An organization can only receive an award for one event per year, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Event must take place within three (3) months of the request for funding.

Before you start an application in Ability Central’s online grants management system for event funding, please carefully review the Event Funding Guidelines. 

Projects Funded

Since July 2018, Ability Central has funded the following events:

2019-2020 PILOT RFP

Providing Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Training for Professionals in Rural and Underserved Areas of California

An invitation-only funding opportunity to improve the capacity to serve individuals with complex communication needs in remote geographic areas of California. This is a collaborative opportunity between organizations located in California’s metropolitan areas (Greater Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego) and organizations outside of that, to provide AAC training for professionals in rural and/or underserved areas. Only prior grantees that successfully implemented an AAC training program were eligible to submit a proposal.

Parents Helping ParentsSan Jose, and their project “Accessing Communication Together” (in collaboration with Exceptional Parents Unlimited, Fresno) was selected for funding and is receiving $100,000 over a 24-month period.

Project Profile