Help us make Minnesota more inclusive for people with disabilities!
Are you part of a self-advocacy group or other advocacy organization? You might be able to get a grant through the Minnesota Inclusion Initiative (MII).
MII gives grants for inclusion projects. Projects might focus on:
- affordable housing
- voting rights
- much more
Projects must be created by and with disabled people.
The program is made possible by funding from The Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Applications will be accepted from:
– informal self-advocacy groups.
– disability advocacy organizations.
– other nonprofits that work toward justice and belonging.
With questions or for more information, email Marais Wakem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When you apply, tell us how $500 – $5,000 could help make Minnesota more inclusive for people with disabilities!
Review the guidelines on the application for more information.
Who should I contact if I need support with the application?
Call us at 952.920.0855 if you need:
- Help with your application
- An application in another language
- A paper copy of the application
- Any other support to apply. You can also email MII Manager Marais Wakem at email@example.com.
How long does it take to know if my application was approved?
The application review process will take 2 to 4 weeks.
A volunteer panel will review each application. The panel will include:
- Staff from The Arc Minnesota
- Staff from the Minnesota Department of Human Services
They will decide to approve or deny proposals. They might ask for more information before they make a decision.
What kind of projects will the MII fund?
Projects should focus on inclusion in the areas of:
- access and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- civil and human rights
Projects can also focus on belonging and general inclusion in community.
- Decreasing barriers to workforce participation experienced by persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Overcoming barriers to accessible and reliable transportation options for persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Identifying and addressing barriers to voting experienced by persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Advocating for increased accessible housing for persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Working with governmental agencies or businesses on accessibility issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Increasing collaboration between self-advocacy groups and other organizations to effectively address systemic issues that impact persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Providing public education and awareness of the civil and human rights of persons with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.
- Increasing capacity for inclusion in a community.
We look forward to your application!