The Fort Wayne-based AWS Foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to northeast Indiana nonprofits. The funding supports organizations that benefit people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

July 18, 2014

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Recognizing the growth and success of the University of Saint Francis' Jesters Program, the AWS Foundation has awarded the University a grant totaling $250,000 payable over five years. “The Jesters is a one-of-a-kind creative arts program that develops and fosters self-expression through the visual and performing arts. Our investment in Jesters has been a catalyst for growth and capacity-building,” said Lynne Gilmore, AWS Foundation Executive Director, “and this new level of support will help them respond to the increasing numbers of individuals and families seeking a multi-faceted creative arts experience.”

Other grants made to organizations in northeast Indiana that benefit individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities include:

AWS Industrial Operations: $50,000 for the “Learn and Earn Program” for Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools special education high school students

Bi-County Services: $10,000 toward the cost to pave the parking lot at Whicker Field for enhanced accessibility

Citilink: $25,000 for the Access demand response transportation

Columbia City Parks and Recreation: $25,000 for accessible playground equipment

Congregation Achduth Vesholom: $16,000 for wheelchair accessibility improvements

Community Transportation Network (CTN): $25,000 for transportation services

League for the Blind & Disabled: $20,000 for the summer youth program for low-income participants

Riley Children's Foundation: $10,000 for campers with intellectual disabilities to attend Camp Riley

Rehabilitation and Industrial Services Enterprises (R.I.S.E.): $13,700 matching INDOT funds for a transport van and sedan

RSVP Volunteer Center: $25,000 for I Can Volunteer program

Town of Winona Lake: $25,000 for accessible playground equipment

About the Foundation

The AWS Foundation supports organizations and programs that benefit people with disabilities and their families. The Foundation’s mission is to help children and adults with enduring intellectual and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

Source: AWS Foundation

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