Updates from the Disability Inclusion Fund

August 19, 2020

The Americans With Disabilities Act Turned 30!

On July 26th, we celebrated the historic 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA was the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities, putting into place protections against discrimination for people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including schools, jobs, and transportation.

The Disability Inclusion Fund stands on the shoulders of those who have fought (and won!) to bring us closer to equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Today’s disability justice movement builds on these wins, and continues to build power through intersectional organizing that reflects the complex, lived realities of people with disabilities.

Disability Inclusion Fund: Grants Opportunity

We’re excited to share the Disability Inclusion Fund is accepting applications from organizations working for disability inclusion, rights, and justice through September 16, 2020!

Get the Details:

To Apply:

The Disability Inclusion Fund is committed to making all application materials available in multiple forms to be accessible to all.

  • Please review the RFP and FAQs to determine your organization’s eligibility
  • You may access the application by creating an account or logging on to our Salesforce portal.
  • Other accessible application formats include: Google Forms, large print, video interview, or phone interview. To obtain and complete an application in alternative formats, please email us at dif@borealisphilanthropy.org.
The Disability Inclusion Fund prioritizes funding organizations that meet the following criteria: 

  • Organizations that are disability-led with priority towards Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), queer and gender non-conforming, and women disability-led organizations. We define disability-led as organizations whose organizational leadership, including advisory committees/governing boards, is made up of majority persons with a disability.
  • Work that engages with other social movements and across issues, including racial justice, climate change, immigrant rights, labor rights, and other efforts for a more just world.
  • Work that brings other groups, leaders, movements and communities together to build relationships, coalitions and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Work that celebrates, creates, and uplifts the representation of people with disabilities in the arts, media, education, literature, and popular culture.
  • Work that moves ideas and practices of disability inclusion and disability justice forward. Examples of this work includes community organizing, advocacy and/or policy work.

Once again, please review these FAQs if you have any questions, and consider joining us for an informational webinar on September 1, 2020 (registration & details here).

Nothing For Us Without Us: Participatory Grantmaking

The Disability Inclusion Fund is built on the belief that policies and progress must be informed and led by those affected by injustice. That’s why the Disability Inclusion Fund practices a participatory grantmaking model. Alongside funders, our grantmaking committee is made up of disability justice advocates from the communities DIF supports. Meet the Disability Inclusion Fund Advocates On the Grantmaking Committee.

Angel Love Miles, PhD (above) is an advocate grantmaking committee member. She is joined by Chris Adams, Risa Jaz Rifkind, Seema Bahl, and Michelle Garcia.
 

The Disability Inclusion Fund is a donor collaborative housed at Borealis Philanthropy. Current donors include the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the California Endowment, the Chicago Community Trust, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Ruderman Family Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, WITH Foundation, and Anonymous Donors.