The Kessler Foundation announced $2.1 million in grants to organizations throughout the U.S. to create and expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as to provide information to aid in the development of new strategies. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed more than $32 million in funding to improve quality of life for people with disabilities through employment and job training.
“We are proud to support our new grant recipients as they maximize the independence and self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “These innovative initiatives will lead to employment and generate effective strategies so that more individuals with disabilities earn a paycheck and contribute to the workplace and economy.”
More than $1.2 million in Signature Employment Grants were awarded to three disability employment projects; ServiceSource of Florida’s “Warrior Bridge Brain Injury Demonstration Project”, “21 and Able” - an initiative of United Way of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, and the University of New Hampshire. Signature Employment Grants, the Foundation’s largest grants, range from $250,000 to $500,000 over a two-year period.
Also announced were 18 Community Employment Grants which are awarded for a one-year period to organizations primarily in the N.J. region and 11 Special Initiative Grants, totaling $150,000 which are invitation only.