Apply now for Disability Inclusion Fund

Borealis Philanthropy
Last date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

The Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy is now accepting applications from organizations working to strengthen disability inclusion, rights, and justice.

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.

Funding Information

  • 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.

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.


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