DIF GRANTEE PARNTER, DISABILITY LEAD
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DIF GRANTEE PARNTER, SINS INVALID
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The DIF was launched in 2020 with support from the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, and most recently moved $2.6 million to 34 disability-led organizations.
DIF GRANTEE PARNTER, DISABILITY JUSTICE CULTURE CLUB
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THE LATEST FROM THE DIF
- Disability Inclusion Fund Grants Opportunity. Accepting applications now through June 30, 2022
- “Dismantling Ableist Immigration Policies” May 2022
- The Pandemic Is Killing Us. It’s Past Time For Philanthropy to Act.
- 34 Organizations Working Toward Greater Disability Justice and Inclusion Will Receive $2.6 Million in Funding
The DIF exists to:
- Strengthen the disability community/movement by building the power of representative organizations and elevating the presence and power of people with disabilities within public life.
- Boost the capacity of disability justice groups to fundraise, communicate a more unified narrative, and other priorities as determined by the group’s advisors.
- Build bridges between disability justice groups to learn from one another, complement and strengthen advocacy and mobilization approaches.
- Promote collaboration and partnership between disability-led organizations and “mainstream” organizations.
- Support disability inclusion in philanthropy with collaborative learning around programmatic and operational inclusion.
The DIF prioritizes funding for:
- Organizations that are disability-led with priority towards Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), queer and gender non-conforming, and women disability-led organizations.
- Intersectional, cross-movement and cross-issue work.
- Relationship- and power-building work that brings other groups, leaders, movements and communities together.
- Work that celebrates, creates, and uplifts the representation of people with disabilities in the arts, media, education, literature, and popular culture.
- Community organizing, advocacy, and/or policy work, or other work that moves ideas and practices of disability inclusion and disability justice forward.
THE DIF SINCE 2022
The DIF’s Grantmaking Process
Current Funding Opportunities
The DIF’s Values
- Participation: Movement funding is accountable to the disability justice movement. Those most impacted by injustice/exclusion should be involved in strategies to advance justice/inclusion.
- Intersectionality: Acknowledging that disabled people have multiple and intersecting social and political identities that can influence their access and inclusion including race, gender identity, class, and sexual orientation.
- Radical inclusion: Deeply committed to removing barriers and ensuring access so that those most affected by intersecting identities can participate, valuing lived experience.
- Leadership of those most impacted: Emphasis is given to organizations led by disabled people of color, queer, gender nonconforming and women with disabilities.
- Cross-movement solidarity: Intentional focus on collaboration and bridge-building amongst disability justice activists and across movements
As a donor collaborative, the DIF offers funders:
- Opportunities to learn from disability justice leaders, both on staff as well as grantee partners.
- The chance to serve on the Fund’s participatory grantmaking committee alongside movement leaders.
- The ability to learn in community with other funders committed to advancing disability justice and inclusion in the philanthropic sector.
- Deepening existing social justice commitments to include and center disability justice through trust and relationship building.