The Becker Trust Grants for Innovation
Special Announcement on the Becker Innovation Grants. Please see below.
About the Becker Family
Dan and Angela Becker became involved with The Arc after their son Michael, who had Down syndrome, was born in 1965. As parents, Dan and Angela served as role models and were ahead of the times. They believed that no one should be left behind and made sure Mike was involved in the community. They also were exceptional volunteers and served on the boards of Greater Boston Arc and The Arc of Massachusetts. Dan was a particularly active force on the Government Affairs Committee. As committed advocates, they worked to ensure that parents’ voices were heard. In 2014 The Arc of Massachusetts dedicated the Center for Advocacy in honor of the Becker family’s decades of advocacy.
Dan and Angela worked hard to make sure that Mike would have a good life long after they had passed away. When he predeceased them, their legacy became a gift for our entire community. In this spirit, the Becker Trust will advance family advocacy for innovative programs that promote lifelong community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This intensive three-year advocacy and outreach initiative will support The Arc in meeting these important goals:
- Advance opportunities for persons with disabilities through budget and systems advocacy
- Help families learn about and access needed supports, including elder caregivers
- Advance inclusion of persons with disabilities in work and social pursuits
- Address discrimination, both explicit and unintended especially targeting the medical community
About the Innovation Grants
We are looking for your input regarding nearly $1 million in grants from the Becker Family Trust. Last April, in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy, trustees announced Innovation/Direct Impact grants to be distributed over two to three years. Our site here focuses on the Center’s advocacy and the trustees’ grants program.
The timeline has been changed for the grants program for two reasons. First, we want to avoid confusion with The Arc Tank, which will take place in November (proposals are due by September 29th). Second, the trustees also decided to release up to $1 million in potential grants in this fiscal year instead of over several years. This requires more thought and planning.
We felt participation from our constituency would be helpful. We have released a two-question survey here on priorities for the Innovation/Direct Impact grants. The survey closes on September 18th. We expect grant guidelines will be released on November 1, if not earlier, with applications due in December.
Grant guidelines and additional information will be announced in Notes From The Arc as soon as they are available.