It is with excitement that we announce the recipients of our 2022 Capacity Building Grant! We received applications from 51 organizations, and they requested a sum of $1.1 million in capacity building funds. One day, with your support, we hope to be able to fund every single request. Today, we are nonetheless thrilled to award a total of $107,800 split among the following five organizations working with deaf communities.
The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit organization that provides services to Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities. DQRC is an anti-racist organization committed to equity, social justice, and combating oppression in all its many forms. DQRC will use the capacity building grant to hire a development director tasked with developing and implementing a strategic plan to raise vital funds to continue and expand services provided to Deaf LGBTQ communities.
The Indiana Association of the Deaf (IAD) is a statewide organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and American Sign Language (ASL) linguistic rights of Deaf people in Indiana. IAD represents diverse groups of people who are Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing in the state. IAD will be using the capacity building grant to pilot a statewide program to provide much-needed services to Deafblind adults.
Off-The-Grid Missions (OTGM) is a deaf-centric emergency and disaster relief organization that provides sustainable, life-saving resources to deaf and hard-of-hearing people worldwide. OTGM has coordinated over 30 missions to date. They will use capacity building grant funds to provide emergency food relief, water filtration systems, housing relief, and emergency medical response to future disasters that affect deaf communities.
Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf (SLCAD) is an advocacy organization culturally and linguistically designed to meet the specific needs of Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Plus, and Hard of Hearing (D/DB/D+/HH) victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. SLCAD provides direct services to victims (finding safe shelter; legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, parenting classes, etc.), survivors’ support, in-service training to professionals, education to the D/DB/D+/HH community, and collaboration with service providers. Their capacity building grant-funded project includes providing Deaf LGBTQ+ support groups, hosting a Deaf suicide prevention group, and updating the website and SLCAD’s logo.
Turtle Island Hand Talk (TIHT) is a community-engaged organization started by Indigenous Deaf people to educate, empower and advocate, and encourage peace among communities of people inhabiting Turtle Island. In addition, the organization aims to promote international understanding through Indigenous people who possess enrollment/status within their Native communities in North America. The capacity building funding will be designated towards: (1) establishing a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status, (2) redesigning the existing website, (3) and developing educational materials for Indigenous Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, CODA, and Hearing People.