SPARKS Grants are designed to "SPARK" innovative methods for building community capacity in the areas of (1) grassroots community organizing, (2) integrated employment, or (3) self-directed supports. The innovative methods SPARKS Grants ignite are intended to support local, grassroots efforts that involve people with and without disabilities, leading to systems change that improves the lives of people with disabilities.
Grant recipients will guide a project that addresses at least one of the areas mentioned above. Grants will be awarded on the basis of creative, effective strategies that are likely to result in systems change that will improve the lives of people with disabilities. In 2011, 15 SPARKS projects were funded throughout Wisconsin.
To apply for a SPARKS Grant, complete and submit the SPARKS Grants application packet (application form, budget worksheet and project work plan). Instructions for how to submit the application packet can be found within the forms. The deadline to apply for a SPARKS Grant is 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012.
SPARKS Grants are funded by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) and are provided to people with disabilities and families in Wisconsin. To learn more about SPARKS Grants, visit the BPDD website.
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