The Becker Family Trust Grants for Innovation

The Becker Family Trust Grants for Innovation


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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