The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund is now accepting grant applications. Grant applications will be accepted from programs that promote the placement and retention of employees with disabilities in the workforce.
The application deadline is March 6, 2020. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit, human service organizations that serve people with disabilities in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cortland, or Cayuga counties. Collaborating entities may apply and creativity is encouraged. Also this year, consideration will be given to governmental departments, educational departments, and student service offices.
Formerly the C.I.G.S. Foundation, the Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund was established in 2001. The Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new investments, or provide additional staff training – filling in the gaps that aren’t covered by government sources or other private funding. Vocational rehabilitation is the process of assisting people with any disabling condition to acquire the social, educational, and work skills that will lead to employment.