$5,000 for Disability Research, Social Justice and Environmental projects

By Kirstin Hallett

Good day, Funds Fans!  We’ve found two $5,000 funds for you to have a look at today.

The first comes to us from the Small Change Fund who has partnered with a group of organizations looking to support great community-based initiatives in the North.  Together they have created the North of 55 Fund and they are looking for proposals that support small-scale projects in the North.  Grants of up to $5000 are available for environmental and social justice projects in Canada above the 55th parallel.  Projects must be community-based initiatives aimed at protecting Arctic ecosystems, heritage, traditional knowledge and the livelihoods of those who live there.  To be eligible for a grant you must be (or partner with) an organization with recognized charitable status by the Canada Revenue Agency – contact alain@smallchangefund.org for help with this.  Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of volunteer advisors who will recommend which projects receive grants.

Next, we found that the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) has just opened their Small Grants Program and is also offering $5,000 towards disability research in Canada.  Deadline: September 15th, 2012.   CCDS is a national, not-for-profit, disability-focused research and education organization located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The goals of the Small Grants Program are:

  • To facilitate research partnerships among researchers, consumer-directed disability groups, and/or other community groups
  • To encourage research focused on issues expressed as important by the disability community and where people with disabilities are involved in the research process (e.g. participatory action research)

At present, CCDS’s research areas of interest are Aboriginal people with disabilities, with an aim to influence inclusive policy development processes, disability and aging (aging with a disability or aging into disability), visitability/universal design, Youth (age 15-24) with disabilities, particularly related to community integration/reintegration, education, and using technology as a means of social inclusion.  CCDS will also consider proposals in other areas of research on disability.

CCDS will give priority to projects submitted by new researchers (people beginning their research careers). Community-based applicants who are new to the research process are strongly encouraged to seek partnerships with experienced researchers to enhance the quality of the application and subsequent chances of success. Experienced researchers can often be contacted through local university and college programs.

There it is, folks! Go get it!

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