Intellectual & Developmental Disability Grants

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2021

Award Notification:

March 2021

Program Focus

Imagination Grants serve as a catalyst for strengthening or expanding the capabilities of a nonprofit organization in service to its mission. These one-year grants are intended to fulfill an unmet need or provide a spark to help a nonprofit organization advance important work or access additional funding in pursuit of broader community goals.


The Foundation focuses its funding on supported living programs for adults with intellectual delays, with primary emphasis on persons 50 years or older. This primary focus is to provide such services for those whose parents are not living or are unable to care for them.

  • This funding interest includes living accommodations and the socialization programs of those facilities that enhance social, interpersonal, educational, and recreational development and enjoyment. We may consider funding 100 percent of a given program, though we encourage organizations to seek additional sources of funding.
  • Under this funding interest, we will focus our grantmaking on programs in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark Counties).
  • We prefer residential sites and programs that are in their early or expansion stages of operation. The focus is on providing services, though proposals for capital campaigns for land acquisition and construction will be considered.
  • After a facility or program is established and operating, we are open to funding endowments for ongoing operations.

Who Can Apply

Organizations must have a primary focus of serving individuals who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities, and their caregivers and families. Eligible activities include education, advocacy, employment, the arts, and supported, inclusive or independent housing.

Funding is limited to organizations located in and directly serving residents of Oregon and Washington.

Organizations must be a registered 501©(3) nonprofit and have a minimum of three years of successful operation. All other applicants must use a fiscal sponsor who will assume fiscal responsibility for all funds received and expended.

We will not consider requests for:

  • Grants to individuals.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Reserve funds or debt elimination.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran or disability statuses in the delivery of services and in their employment practices.

Size and Duration of Grant:

Grant size: $5,000 to $50,000 depending on overall project budget

Grant period: One Year

Reporting Requirements

Report due no later than one year after grant is awarded. Report summarizes how the funds were utilized and outcomes achieved as a result of the funding.

Types of Support:

Capital and Infrastructure

Equipment upgrades or acquisitions:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Vehicles
  • Fitness equipment
  • Furniture
  • Program-related supplies

Program Support

Programs that directly support:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health
  • The Arts
  • Other areas that enhance quality of life, inclusion and independence


  • Advocating for better policies and services
  • Coalition building
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Systems reform
  • Convenings (including facilitation fees)

Programs that provide education and navigation for individuals and their families regarding:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Other areas that enhance quality of life, inclusion and independence

We appreciate your time and interest in applying for a grant from the Kuni Foundation. If you have any questions about our grant program or application process, please contact our team.

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2021

Award Notification:

March 2021

Learn how others are using Kuni Foundation grants to advance their work.

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