2024 Grant Application Scoring Criteria

Mission (6 points)

  • Clearly stated organization mission.
  • Alignment of the project with the organization’s mission.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the mission and inclusion of people with disabilities in other core programs.

History (8 points)

  • Strong organizational history
  • Previous successful Grantee partner
  • Relevance of past activities to the current project (serving people with disabilities).
  • Significant accomplishments and milestones.

Core Programs (9 points):

  • Description of the organization’s core programs.
  • Connection between core programs and the proposed project.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in the relevant field.

Project Description (15 points):

  • Clear and concise explanation of the project goals and objectives.
  • Includes activities and strategies to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Explanation of why the organization is well-suited to implement the project.

People with Disabilities in Leadership (15 points):

  • Demonstrates the organization’s inclusion of people with disabilities in paid leadership positions.
  • Includes examples of individuals in paid leadership roles or advisory positions.
  • Emphasis on the organization’s commitment to promoting disability leadership.

Engagement & Knowledge Sharing (15 points):

  • Strategy for reaching target audiences and beneficiaries.
  • Plan for sharing project results publicly with peers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Willingness to participate in Grantee Gatherings to present highlights and lessons learned.

Beneficiaries (6 points):

  • Identification of direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project.
  • Inclusion of people with disabilities, family members, care teams, etc.
  • Consideration of the project’s impact on the identified beneficiaries.

Number of People with Disabilities Served (6 points):

  • Reasonable estimate of the total number of people with disabilities that will be served through the project.
  • Consideration of the reach, scale, and overall potential impact.

Partners and Collaborators (9 points):

  • Identification of organizational partners and potential collaborators.
  • Indication of previous collaborations and successful outcomes.
  • Confirmation status of partnerships (pending or confirmed).

Profit & Loss Statement and Project Budget (9 points):

  • Submission of the most recent Profit & Loss Statement.
  • Demonstration of a balanced financial statement.
  • Evaluation of the project budget for reasonability and alignment with the proposed activities.

Alignment with Ability Central Priorities (10 points):

  • Does this project exemplify in design and potential execution of one of the three funding priorities (Leadership Development, Training Healthcare Professionals, and/or Innovation and Digital Accessibility) for people with communication disabilities. 
  • Is this something Ability Central sees as scalable, is interested in seeing come to fruition, and would want to disseminate or share widely.