Becker Trust Grants

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:

  1. Advance opportunities for persons with disabilities through budget and systems advocacy
  2. Help families learn about and access needed supports, including elder caregivers
  3. Advance inclusion of persons with disabilities in work and social pursuits
  4. Address discrimination, both explicit and unintended especially targeting the medical community

Learn about the Advocacy Alliance!

About the Innovation Grants

In the fall of 2017, the Trustees and Advisors of the Becker Family Trust in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy received dozens of incredible applications for the Becker Family Trust Grants for Innovation.

From these numerous and impressive applicants, the committee (consisting of Alex Moschella, Esq.; Cynthia Haddad, CFP; and Elin Howe, MPA) selected a total of 20 recipients, awarding a sum of $925,000. Eight recipients will be receiving grants ranging from $50,000-$100,000; other, smaller grants were awarded to an additional twelve agencies.

Grants awarded by The Becker Family Trust are for innovative, high impact projects benefiting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for social inclusion, self-determination, employment, assistive technology and supported living.

The recipients of the Becker Family Trust Grants for Innovation were announced on March 30, 2018.

Large Grants:

  1. Advocates: $100,000 for Inclusion and Family caregiver support for persons with Autism, by increasing local business sensitivity to serving persons with autism (restaurants, shopping, etc.) with business “seal of approval” and development of “caregiver corps”
  2. Beaverbrook STEP: $100,000 for self-determination by reorganizing residential services to more person-centered living options
  3. Center for Public Representation: $100,000 for self-determination and sustainable supported decision making (SDM) project to increase personal decision making of those with disabilities (I/DD)
  4. Disability Law Center:  $100,000 for social inclusion, to study and modernize day habilitation services to further community membership
  5. Massachusetts Advocates for Children: $100,000 for inclusion/self-determination by broadening access to state colleges and community colleges through policy change and
    implementation of policy at higher education level
  6. Massachusetts Sibling Support Network: $100,000 for self-determination and family caregiver support – sustainability for broader outreach to and impact upon siblings
  7. The Arc of the South Shore: $100,000 for inclusion, family caregiver support and individual growth, expanding self-funded autism support center
  8. Amego: $50,000 for self-determination/employment – concession or food trailer purchase and training of adults with autism

Small Grants:

  1. UCP Berkshire County Helping 3 agencies with assistive technology (AT)
  2. Charles River Center Self-determination advancing communication
  3. Berkshire County Arc Self-Determination through assistive technology
  4. Nonotuck Resource Associates Expanding shared living options
  5. Shriver Clinical Services Addressing vision loss with AT
  6. CLASS Inc Employment, loom trade training
  7. Haitian American Public Health Initiatives Empowerment through Inclusive Culture and Arts
  8. The Arc of Bristol County Self-Determination and AT
  9. North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy Expanding Citizen Advocates and Community Education
  10. Vinfen Inclusion through Community Relationship Builder
  11. Western Massachusetts Training Consortium Expanding Interfaith Option
  12. Minute Man Arc Support Pathways to Friendships in Community

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