Applications for the Employment First (EF) Partner Grants are now available!  WI Employment First, funded through WI-BPDD, is seeking partners to engage in community outreach activities in local communities that lead to increased community, integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Grant activities could include:

  • Gathering a team of stakeholders to plan and host a Community Conversation focused on addressing barriers to employment and increasing employment outcomes for individuals with IDD living in underserved geographic areas (rural or urban);
  • Presenting to employer groups such as the Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Chamber, etc. on Employment First, and the business case for hiring people with IDD;
  • Connecting family members who may be unsure about integrated employment with family members who are committed to integrated employment to share experiences and alleviate worries (family-to-family mentoring).

WI Employment First will partner with up to 8 grant recipients by providing a grant for up to $2,000, plus coaching and presentation materials to engage in outreach activities.

Proposals that target individuals with IDD who have diverse identities and/or individuals who are underserved or proposals that support family leadership and family peer mentors will be given priority.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Download the application: HERE

Contact Molly Cooney with questions at 608-266-0266 or .