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Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and For-Profits
to Benefit Individuals With Disabilities

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Borealis Philanthropy

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Deadline Date:

08/13/21 9:00 PM PST or Midnight EST


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations and for-profits to benefit individuals with disabilities. Funding is intended to strengthen disability rights, inclusion, and justice. Priority will be given to applicants that are disability-led, especially those with leaders who are women and/or from the BIPOC or queer and gender non-conforming communities.

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
DIF 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.
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197548

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DIF expects to distribute approximately 25 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

DIF applicants can request funds from $40,000 - $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The DIF will provide one-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizational budget cannot exceed $1.5 million
- Organization must be a U.S-based or U.S. territories-based 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored, or LLC

All potential grantees that are non-501c3 organizations—that is, for-profit entities— including sole proprietors, LLCs, and corporations, will be required to take a few additional steps in order to ensure the grant funds are being used for charitable purposes. These steps include:
- As part of the grant application, provide evidence of other grants private or public sector to the organization. This can be a list of past grants made to your organization, for what purpose, and at what amount.
- After a grant is made, grant funds must be in separate bookkeeping accounts.
- Grantee reporting will be the same for non-501c3 and 501c-3 grantees.
- As part of the grant application, provide articles of incorporation, tax classification or certification.

If you previously applied for and/or received a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant, you are still eligible to apply. Please be aware that eligibility requirements for this application are different.

What cannot be supported:
- Organizations that are non-U.S based or not based in a U.S. Territory
- Individuals
- Universities
- Hospitals
- Organizations or projects that only provide direct service (i.e. home health agency or wheelchair supply company etc.). Organizations or projects that provide direct services are eligible only if they also engage in community organizing, advocacy, and/or policy work.
- Organizations or projects that only provide research. Organizations or projects that provide research are eligible only if they also engage in community organizing, advocacy, and/or policy work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join on July 15th at 10am PT/12pm CT/1pm ET for an informational webinar (the webinar will be recorded and made available for anyone who cannot attend).

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Pre-Application Information:

The Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy is now accepting applications from organizations working to strengthen disability inclusion, rights, and justice through August 13, 2021 by 9 pm PST or midnight EST.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions, need technical assistance, or have technology issues in submitting your application, please email

If you have questions about what is funded or eligibility for grants please email

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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