Background and Overview

Utilizing $250,000 that the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) received through a settlement with ATM owner and operator Cardtronics, Inc., the AGO is pleased to announce this Innovating to Improve Access and Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities (“Access and Opportunity Grant”) grant pdf format of Innovating to Improve Access and Opportunity
opportunity.  

The Access and Opportunity Grant is designed to support and promote new projects that utilize technology and/or innovative design to improve access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. The grant will support projects that can be used as models to improve access and opportunity in one or more of the following fields: (1) education, (2) transportation, (3) employment, and/or (4) health care.

Eligibility and Responsibilities

Eligible Grant Applicants

The following types of organizations within Massachusetts are eligible to apply:

  • Municipalities;
  • Public Schools;
  • Non-Profit organizations;
  • Post-secondary student organizations (with the educational entity acting as Grant Administrator, which includes serving as the fiscal agent and primary contact); and
  • Small for-profit businesses.

Non-profit organizations must be in full compliance with all annual reporting requirements of both the AGO and the Internal Revenue Service, as applicable, in order to be eligible for funding.  For-profit businesses that have been the subject of any administrative charge of discrimination for which there was a finding of probable cause, or have been the subject of an enforcement action by any local, state, or federal authority, are not eligible for funding. Only one Statement of Intent may be submitted per organization.

Statement of Intent to Apply

All interested applicants are required to submit a written or video statement expressing their intent to apply for this grant. Both must be submitted through the Attorney General’s grant software, Foundant.

The AGO will consider all statements of intent received by the deadline and invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal.

Instructions

Applicants may access Foundant via the following link and will either log-in through a pre-existing account or create a new profile: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=y0IvNTomAgXIFgllj2kpdQ2

  • Written statement of intent: Please complete the form in Foundant and please note that each field has character limits.
  • Video statement of intent: Please upload the video into Foundant. Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes and no more than 25 GBs. Videos over 2 minutes will not be accepted.

Full Grant Proposal

Only organizations that have submitted a statement of intent as set forth above, and who have been invited to submit a full proposal, will need to reference the information below. The full grant proposal will be submitted via the online grant application portal which can be accessed at www.mass.gov/ago/grants.

Funding

The AGO anticipates total funding of up to $250,000 to support grant programs for no longer than one year.  The AGO expects to issue grants in varying amounts, to multiple applicants. We anticipate that the maximum grant amount to any one applicant would be $75,000, but encourage applicants seeking funding for smaller scale projects to submit budgets which are commensurate with the proposed scale of the respective programs.

The total number of grants awarded is contingent upon multiple factors, including (but not limited to) the number of applications received, amount of funding available, and amounts requested. Grants may be awarded in varying funding amounts and applicant budgets may not necessarily be funded in their entirety.

All funding decisions and amounts will be made at the discretion of the AGO.

Grant Funding Categories

Grants will be awarded in one of two funding ranges. Applicants should select one category under which they are applying.

Category (1): Grants.  One or more grants of up to $75,000 will be given to municipalities, school districts, and/or non-profit organizations.

Category (2): Micro-Grants.  One or more grants of up to $10,000 will be given to non-profit organizations, student organizations, and/or for-profit businesses.

Questions

Questions regarding your statement of intent may be submitted to AGOgrants@state.ma.us until 4:00 p.m. on January 19, 2016.  Questions regarding your full grant proposal may be submitted to AGOgrants@state.ma.us until 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2016.

When submitting your question(s), please include “Access and Opportunity Grant” in your email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding this RFP pdf format of Innovating to Improve Access and Opportunity
will be posted on the AGO’s website here: www.mass.gov/ago/grants.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the RFP information in an alternative format and answers to questions about the RFP pdf format of Innovating to Improve Access and Opportunity
, statement of intent and full grant proposal should communicate such requests in writing to AGOgrants@state.ma.us or by telephone at (617) 963-2024 or TTY at (617) 727-4765 no later than January 6, 2016.