The Kessler Foundation’s Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per year for up to two years are awarded nationally to fund pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities (PWD). Preference is given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance or advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner.
For 2018 the Foundation has a special interest in transportation projects that focus on innovative solutions to help PWD seek, obtain, or retain employment, as well as innovative projects that improve employment opportunities and provide jobs for PWD that have been formerly incarcerated or encountered the criminal justice system. Nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, and public institutions, such as universities and government agencies based in the United States or any of its territories are eligible to apply. Online grant concepts are due February 18, 2018; invited proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2018.
Eligibility: Any organization recognized as a tax-exempt entity according to the Internal Revenue Code may apply for funding.
Award: National grant awards may range between $100,000 to $250,000 per year for up to two years.
Deadline: Online grant concepts are due February 18; invited proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2018.