FORT WAYNE - A Fort Wayne-based public foundation recently awarded over $500 thousand in grant money to 18 non-profit organizations in Northeast Indiana that benefit  individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

AWS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Patti Hays says this is the first of four grant cycles for the new fiscal year.

"The moneys we raise are targeting people with disabilities to live as independently as possible, and to build Northeast Indiana to be inclusive and accessible to all residents of the area," said Hays. "And we were able to do that once more this quarter."  

Hays says each quarter is open to all five of the Foundation's initiatives which include housing, transportation, employment and education, social and recreation, and early diagnosis. Grants for the second cycle of the AWS Foundation are due September 15. Hays says the organizations chosen to receive money will be announced in early November. 

The following is a list of organizations awarded grant money from the AWS Foundation's first cycle $504,708:

Achieva Resources: $70,000 for the Guardianship Program.

Audiences Unlimited: $13,910 to pilot a Music Enrichment program at Life Adult Day Academy.

Carey Services: $13,250 matching grant for vehicle purchase and accessibility modifications.

Churubusco Elementary School: $12,500 for classroom sensory kits.

Coesse Elementary School: $10,000 for sensory room.

Community Transportation Network (CTN): $23,264 matching grant for two lift-equipped vehicles.

GiGi’s Playhouse: $27,500 for a career development program.

Huntington University: $35,000 for the ABLE program.

Joe’s Kids: $25,000 for operating support.

Magical Meadows: $15,000 for the therapeutic riding program.

Mental Health America: $30,000 for Kids on the Block; $75,000 for Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) program.

Pathfinder Services: $12,500 for Creative Abundance program.

RSVP of Allen County: $25,000 for I CAN volunteer program.

Scherer Resources: $30,000 for vocational training and job placement program.

The League: $20,000 for Youth Services program.

Trine University: $36,000 for medical dispenser market research.

University of Saint Francis: $5,784 for Jesters’ North Campus Auditorium sound board.

Visiting Nurse: $25,000 for patient care and grief services.