Carey Services was one of six Northeast Indiana disability services providers to receive a $75,000 planning grant award from AWS Foundation in Fort Wayne.
AWS Foundation awarded $450,000 as part of a new Vantage Grant program. Each recipient selected in the first evaluation round received $75,000 to identify and explore significant barriers the organization faces and create a plan to overcome those barriers. In round two, the six first-round recipients will present to AWS Foundation potential solutions to their identified barriers with an opportunity to receive additional funding to implement their proposed plan and significantly impact community needs for people with disabilities.
“Even under normal circumstances, direct service providers rarely have time or personnel to explore how they can transform their organization,” said Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO. “We created the Vantage Grant as an opportunity to look beyond daily demands and explore barriers that challenge the very nature and way that programs and services traditionally support the disability community.”
AWS Foundation invited 11 disability service providers to identify a barrier their organizations, and those they serve, currently face. In the first phase, Carey Services submitted a concept proposal to receive $75,000 for discovery and analysis. Six award recipients, including Carey Services, will work for six months, both internally and with consultants and stakeholders, to take a 360-degree look at their barriers and identify potential solutions. The five other first-round awardees were: Arc of Noble County, Cardinal Services, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Pathfinder Services, and Turnstone.
Each of the six first-round recipients will submit a final proposal to AWS Foundation in July that will result in the opportunity for additional funding to implement their proposed plans. Five additional pre-selected organizations not previously included in the selection process will be eligible to submit a Vantage Grant proposal in the fall of 2021.
“We are extremely grateful to AWS Foundation for this incredible opportunity,” said Jim Allbaugh, Carey Services president and CEO. “We have been able to establish a strong relationship with AWS Foundation staff in the past few years, and we know their passion for the work we do. It’s been a joy to work together to seek new ways to support the individuals we serve, and this Vantage Grant award has tremendous promise as we can step back and take a big-picture look as to where we are now and where we want to be in coming years.”
With the public announcement of the grant award, Allbaugh announced the agency also has released a request for proposal seeking a consultant to help with the planning process the agency proposed in the application submitted to AWS Foundation. You can find the RFP solicitation document here. The RFP response deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 5.
For more information about the consulting RFP, contact Greg Maynard, marketing, grants and promotions manager, at (765) 668-8961, ext. 124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.