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Microenterprise and Disability: Building the Momentum

Abilities Fund

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2006
  • Location Centerville, IA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Micro-enterprise programs are assisting the most disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the U.S. with intensive, cost-effective services that help individuals start and sustain viable businesses. However, out of approximately 600 micro-enterprise programs nationwide, only a small percentage target their products and services to people with disabilities and the agencies that serve them.This grant will enable the Abilities Fund to refine its referral process; continue to build the technical capacity and accessibility of micro-enterprise programs; and connect micro-enterprise and rehabilitation professionals to enable individuals with disabilities to realize full inclusion and access to mainstream micro-enterprise development services.The Abilities Fund is the first and only nationwide community developer and financial institution targeted exclusively to advancing entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals with disabilities.