WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation announced today $1,014,600 in grants to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment.
“For 30 years, the foundation has been dedicated to maximizing the potential and participation of youth with disabilities in society,” says Kevin R. Webb, senior director of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. “This past year, we met with our grantees to identify education and employment challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. Based on what we learned, grant projects were selected this year that are focused on helping young people with disabilities access jobs in fields that will help fuel economic recovery efforts post-pandemic. We want to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to contribute their talents to the workforce to help create a vibrant and sustainable society.”
The foundation published two MEAF BRIEFs that helped inform its grantmaking for 2021:
The $1 million in new grants will be distributed to eight organizations over the next two years.
Recently Approved Grants
Aspiritech Nfp-Aspiritech Remote Employment Academy, $100,000 over two years
Banner Health Foundation-Project SEARCH, $100,000 over two years
Conservation Legacy-Empowering Youth with Disabilities in the Outdoor Economy, $193,900 over two years
Science Buddies-STEM Career Discovery for Students with Disabilities, $125,000 over two years
In addition to these new grants, continuing, multiyear projects will receive $671,000 in 2021 funds.
Bridges from School to Work-NextGen, $50,000 (second year of a $100,000/two-year grant)
Gallaudet University’s Visual Language and Visual Learning Center Motion Light Lab-Merging Deaf Talent with 21st Century Skills, $75,000 (third year of a $225,000/three-year grant)
University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability-The Disability Roadmap Project (working title), $50,000 (second year of a $150,000/three-year grant)
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, based in the Washington, D.C. area, was established in 1991 by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies, which produce, sell and distribute a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial and professional electronics products. The Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to organizations that are empowering young people with disabilities to lead more inclusive and productive lives. To learn more, visit www.MEAF.org.