Do you have an idea to make your community a better place for people with disabilities? Organize your grassroots group and apply for funding to help make it happen! Individuals with developmental disabilities and family members may apply.

Can you give me some examples? YES!

  • Create an accessible city park like a group did in Oshkosh
  • Expand your local bus transportation system like they did in the Wausau area
  • Develop unique employment opportunities like the organic farms in Kickapoo.
  • Develop an accessible garden, community room and kitchen like in Stevens Point
  • Organize voter registration drives in your area
  • Form a local social justice or civic group that includes people with and without disabilities (this could be a school group)

Who can apply?

Individuals with developmental disabilities and family members may apply for the grants.

How to apply

Applications will be available July 13th. Complete and submit the Sparks Grants application packet by 12:00 p.m. on Friday September 11, 2020. Grant recipients will be notified of their award in mid-September.

How much funding can you request?

Individual grants range from $500-$5,000. A detailed budget must accompany all grant proposals (a budget template is included in the application packet).

How will projects be chosen?

A review team will be looking for several key factors including:

  • clear and concise project purpose, activities, and outcomes
  • the project tackles an important community problem that if addressed will have a significant positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities
  • there are sufficient resources to carry out the project activities

If chosen, then what?

Each team must agree to attend the Sparks Kickoff event (via Zoom) on September 25. This event will:

  • focus on strategies for projects to be successful
  • review grant expectations
  • sign contracts
  • Review plans to communicate updates that will be shared via BPDD’s website and social media

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