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Community Partners Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits Serving Adults and Children
with Disabilities to Endorse the Use of Person-First Language

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The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to USA nonprofit health and human services organizations serving adults and children with disabilities to promote the use of person-first language. Proposals must describe how the applicant organization is unique and how its adoption of person-first language will make a positive impact on the community and change society's approach to its most vulnerable members.

The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 36 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support. In order to qualify for support from The Network’s Foundation, an organization must benefit the same populations the company serves.

For fiscal year 2019, the Community Partners Program will focus exclusively on funding grant requests from 501c3 organizations to adopt person-first language. Person-first language recognizes that individuals with disabilities are people first - that a diagnosis of a disability does not define them, but it is only one aspect of who they are. Creating a person - first culture is part of The Mentor Network's commitment to building relationships and enhancing lives.

Community Partners are change agents within human services. They are organizations that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so. They also mirror The Network itself: creative, effective and focused on the highest quality standards.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180876

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Grant amounts will be determined during the application review process and on average, may range from $5,000-$20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Partners are change agents within human services. They are 501(c)3 organizations that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for a grant, please submit a two-page letter of interest to the Foundation no later than January 2, 2019.

Organizations invited to apply for a grant will be notified in February 2019.

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