The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation funds projects that help young people (defined as up to age 26) with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics (STEAM). Programs must be national in scope or intended to be replicated nationally to be eligible for funding.
MEAF supports projects from organizations that develop support US youth with disabilities; present an innovative approach that leads to measurable employment outcomes for youth with disabilities; create tools for employers that help break down barriers and increase employment opportunities for youth and veterans with disabilities; promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside peers without disabilities and promote inclusive, competitive employment practices; and have a well-defined evaluation, dissemination and replication plan. Preference is given to projects that take place in Mitsubishi Electric community locations or that involve Mitsubishi Electric Employee Volunteers.
The foundation does not provide grants to individual schools or school districts. However, a school or district may be a member of a coalition of school districts seeking a grant for an inclusion program, partner with a community college or university on a program for disabled students, or partner with a qualified nonprofit organization, which may be a school-based foundation. The application process requires the initial submission of an eligibility quiz.
Eligibility: Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award: Awards range from $10,000 to $75,000 for one to three years.
Deadline: The eligibility quiz is open April 1 through June 15, annually.
More Information: http://www.meaf.org/how_to_apply/priorities_guidelines