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WI BPDD seeks to partner with businesses interested in hiring more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 

  • Grant funds of up to $25,000 are available for a WI-based business to launch or grow their hiring initiative to employ and support workers with IDD.
  • The goal of the Partners with Business project is to support businesses to tap into new talent and learn best practices for finding, hiring, and supporting workers with IDD. 
  • Grantees receive technical assistance from a WI BPDD project consultant to plan and implement their hiring initiative.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2022. 

Please contact Molly Cooney at molly.cooney@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-0266 with any questions. 

Hiring people with disabilities is good for business! BPDD’s Partners with Business initiative helps service providers and employers support workers with disabilities to be successful and independent at work. Partners with Business strategies result in cost-effective, flexible, inclusive employment, and help businesses improve their bottom line and workplace diversity goals. Click the button below to read the Annual Report to the WI legislature. 

What Is Partners with Business?

Partners with Business is an initiative that was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2018 to assist businesses to hire and support workers with disabilities. 

Through the Partners with Business initiative, employers and supported employment service providers use best practice strategies to train and support workers with disabilities. If a worker needs additional support above and beyond what is typically provided by supervisors and coworkers, the employer can receive funding to provide this extra support.

Each year BPDD selects five Partners with Business grantees through a Request for Application process. These grantees receive guidance to implement Partners with Business strategies. Businesses, service providers, schools, Managed Care Organizations, and IRIS Consultant Agencies can apply for the Partners with Business grant.