All Disability Inclusion Funding will be aligned by the DIF guiding values of:
- Participation: Movement funding accountable to the disability rights movement. Those 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 ability to have access and inclusion including race, gender identity, class, 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.
- The DIF will provide one-year grants. They expect to distribute approximately 25 grants. The grants they offer will be general operating support or program support and will range in size from $40,000- $100,000.
What they fund
They will prioritize 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. They define ‘disability-led’ as: the leadership in your organization are people with disabilities, including management staff/advisory committees/governing boards.
- Work that engages other social movements and injustices for example Black lives matter, climate change, immigration rights, labor rights, racial justice etc.
- Work that brings other organizations, leaders, movements and communities together to build relationships, coalitions and opportunities for collaboration.
- Work that celebrates, creates and uplifts the representation of disabled people in the arts, media, education, literature, work with youth etc
- Work that moves practices of disability inclusion and disability justice forward. Examples of this work include community organizing, advocacy and/or policy work.
- Organizational budget cannot exceed $1.5 million
- Organization must be a U.S-based or U.S. territories-based 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored.
For more information, visit https://borealisphilanthropy.org/disability-inclusion-fund-2021-grants-opportunity/