Nov 12 2012

Apply For Employment First Community Action Team Grants

Posted by BPDD at 1:56 PM
- Categories: BPDD | DAWN Alerts | Grants | Miscellaneous

Grants Aimed at Doubling Number of Wisconsinites  with Disabilities in Competitive-Wage Jobs

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is providing grant funds to create grassroots Community Action Teams (CATs)  that will use Employment First strategies in local communities/regions.  Employment First is a growing national movement to increase integrated, community –based employment at or above minimum wage as the first and preferred option for youth and adults with disabilities.  

Many states have launched successful Employment First efforts to expand public support and drive local and state policy to support integrated employment for all, regardless of disability.

The purpose of the Employment First CATs is to  take the lead at the local level in implementing action plans, setting local goals, and reporting progress. 

BPDD will award between 3 and 5 grants of up  to $5,000  to support local teams. These CATs also will receive technical assistance, tools and resources,  group training/learning opportunities, and support on gathering evaluation/data.

Any non-profit organization/entity that has strong interest in and demonstrated experience, knowledge, and expertise in improving integrated employment outcomes for people with disabilities may apply.

Due date for the applications are Friday November 30th, 2012.  To learn more about the grants and for a complete copy of the Request for Proposals, go to the BPDD website.

For questions or further information, contact Ann Sievert at



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