Small Grants: Projects Funded

Small grants support initiatives and activities in Maryland that are consistent with the Council’s mission and will have an impact that lasts beyond the time during which the grant is funded. The grants provide funding for a range of projects, from awareness campaigns and activities and needs assessments to training and workshops.

For information on how to submit a proposal, see the Small Grants page.

To date in 2019, the Council has funded these small grants.

Harford Community College

Total Council funding: $4,500

Purpose: Funding supports the creation of a series of 10 training modules licensed as open, educational resources, which will be used to train child care providers and early childhood educators. Topics covered will assist early childhood professionals in better integrating children with special needs. Once the training modules are completed, they will be integrated into college’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program. The training modules will also be integrated into continuing education classes as a standalone module for child care providers.

Final report due: November 2020

The Arc Maryland

Total Council funding: $5,000

Purpose: Funding supports the “Together We’re Better” inclusive education campaign for the 2019-2020 school year. The campaign raises awareness of the value and importance of inclusion of students with disabilities. The campaign includes a variety of activities including school presentations and assemblies, educational diversity toolkit, artwork contest, and traveling art exhibit.

Final report due: July 2020

The Arc Howard County

Total Council funding: $3,750

Purpose: Funding supports production of educational and training videos that highlight the Project Search program. The videos will be used to increase awareness of local businesses that have successfully employed people with disabilities in the community as a direct result of the skills developed through Project SEARCH. The intended outcome of this grant will be to increase competitive and integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities in Howard County.

Final report due: July 2020

The University of Maryland at Baltimore

Total Council funding: $5,000

Purpose: Funding supports development and dissemination of needs assessment for Asian-American parents raising children with developmental disabilities. The need assessment will examine barriers and facilitators for community participation and service use.

Final report due: June 2020

The Arc Howard County

Total Council funding: $3,780

Purpose: Funding supports the training of self advocates as well as their participation in disability awareness activities at approximately 24 elementary schools in Howard County. The goal of this project is to enhance the school system’s countywide “Inclusive Schools” campaign and help students in these 24 schools to increase their knowledge of differing abilities and have a greater understanding of the importance of inclusion in all areas of life.

Final report due: June 2020

The Arc Prince George’s County

Total Council funding: $3,750

Purpose: Funding supports expansion of the Arc Prince George’s County Ready@21 program to the Hispanic community by delivering nine Transition 101 workshops with an interpreter and translating transition materials into Spanish.

Final report due: January 2020

Abilities Network Project ACT

Total Council funding: $5,000

Purpose: Funding supports development of a training module focused on utilizing a Universal Design for Learning approach in the infant and toddler early childhood education environment. The Maryland State Department of Education supported the proposal and confirmed its potential widespread impact.

Final report due: December 2019

Maryland Works, Inc.

Total Council funding: $4,500

Purpose: Funding supports three ACRE trainings in rural regions of Maryland (western, southern, Eastern Shore) for professionals working in the field of employment services for people with developmental disabilities.

Final report due: November 2019

Towson University College of Education, Department of Special Education

Total Council funding: $3,500

Purpose: Funds will support costs associated with the Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework workshop. Participants will discover how the CtLC framework and tools are being used to support exploration, planning, decision-making, and problem-solving at all levels and in a variety of disciplines.

Final report due: October 2019

The Arc Maryland

Total Council funding: $2,119

Purpose: Funding supported the “Together We’re Better” inclusive education campaign for the 2018-2019 school year. The campaign raises awareness of the value and importance of inclusion of students with disabilities. The campaign includes a variety of activities including school presentations and assemblies, educational diversity toolkit, artwork contest, and traveling art exhibit.

Final Report: Submitted, grant activities complete

Independence Now, Inc.

Total Council funding: $2,500

Purpose: Funding supported costs associated with the 2019 Maryland Youth Leadership Forum. The forum provided advocacy and leadership training to transition-age youth with developmental disabilities who want to become advocates and leaders in their community now and in the future.

Final Report: Submitted, grant activities complete

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