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Minnesota Inclusion Initiative Grant opens to advance Inclusion for People with Disabilities

St. Paul, MN – (January 19, 2024) - The Arc Minnesota is excited to announce a new grant program called the Minnesota Inclusion Initiative (MII). The MII is part of an effort to make Minnesota more inclusive for all. This grant, through funding from the Department of Human Services, will award groups and organizations up to $5,000 for projects aimed at improving inclusion in Minnesota for people with disabilities.

“Inclusion projects help to build and strengthen community with Minnesotans who have disabilities," said MII program manager Marais Wakem. “We are here to provide you with resources and support to help make a lasting impact as you work to enhance inclusion in your community."

The grant is open to multiple types of groups and organizations. Disability advocacy organizations and community groups, self-advocacy groups, and others can apply. Projects can focus on affordable housing, voting rights, employment, and much more.

We recognize that creating an inclusive Minnesota is an ongoing process and a process that involves everyone. Grant recipients should be committed to making sustainable and lasting changes with their projects.

“There is no community without true inclusion.” said grant recipient Jose Tori-Maguina of Latino Youth Development Collaborative, “This grant allowed key community members who have disabilities to be included in our programming and community events. It provided awareness and the development of the beginnings of a leadership structure - led by motivated parents - that might have a long-lasting impact in our community."

Online and paper applications are available in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. A volunteer panel, including self-advocates and statewide committee members, reviews each application and decides whether to approve or deny proposals. This process will take 3 - 4 weeks. Once accepted, groups can expect to receive funds within 2 weeks. Grant applicants should be prepared to:

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Act as a financial manager of grant funds or

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Partner with a fiscal host to manage grant funds and

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Complete an evaluation process that includes quantitative and qualitative data

For more information visit http://www.arcminnesota.org/Minnesota-inclusion-initiative or email program manager Marais Wakem at maraiswakem@arcminnesota.org.

 

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