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New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability: Quality of Life Grant Program

Deadline: May 31, 2017

The mission of the Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD) is to “improve the quality of life of all New Mexicans with disabilities. GCD works to address: economic self-sufficiency; social integration; political resolve; physical and program accessibility; and full rights of participation in the benefits of all individuals with disabilities.”

As part of its mission, GCD maintains the Quality of Life Grants Program (QOL). QOL provides small grants to improve or enhance programs and services that increase the quality of life of all New Mexicans with disabilities. Applications can be submitted in one of three categories:

  • Service animal outreach and education: Grants support programs that provide training and awareness to the public regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Mexico State Service Animal Act. This includes the rights and responsibilities of a service animal owner/handler and public/private entities within the training. A minimum of 50% of trainings and outreach must be conducted in rural areas.
  • Support groups for families of persons with disabilities: Grants seek to enhance local support groups to include regular meetings for families of individuals with disabilities to discuss current issues around services and supports for persons with disabilities. These groups shall be inclusive of all disabilities.
  • Native American assistive technology: Grants support enhancement of programs that serve Native Americans with disabilities through the use of assistive technology.

Amount: Awards will range up to $15,000.

Eligibility: New Mexico nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, schools, religious organizations, or tribal-based organizations.

Link: http://www.gcd.state.nm.us/quality-of-life-grant-program.aspx

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