Introducing the Unites Community Foundation
What do we do?
We are a grant provider and partner, working collaboratively with organizations and communities on projects designed to achieve deeper mission impact over the long term.
Capacity Building Network
We supply networking opportunities for Deaf leaders and organizations to achieve greater impact as a field or movement.
We provide training, funding, and resources to Deaf leaders to address injustice and inequity in their own communities.
What issues do we focus on?
Real, systemic change comes from investing in community-driven solutions. Our current projects focus on promoting positive change, building equity, and protecting the dignity and health of deaf communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will the Foundation award?
How long is the funding project period for?
Are you currently taking applications?
No. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant is now closed. Subscribe here for future funding opportunities.
When will grantees be announced?
What won’t the Foundation fund?
The Foundation will not fund the following:
- Capital Projects (such as: construction, renovation or expansion, etc. )
What are your funding priorities?
The following are key project elements that the Foundation seeks to address and fund:
Addressing the varied needs of marginalized communities facing injustice or oppression, including but not limited to communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ communities, disabilities communities, immigrant communities, and under-resourced rural communities.
Ensuring that Deaf community members experience full access to the information, opportunities, and resources distributed by nonprofit organizations.
Organizations that seek to grow, change and improve by trying new methods while including and maintaining community support.
Strengthening deaf communities and priming future generations for perpetual success.
Community organizing and crafting solutions that lead to permanent and progressive change for their community.
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Keep up with the latest news from CSD
Spotlight on 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Response Microgrant Awardees: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services were awarded a microgrant for a project that will focus on making vaccine-related information accessible and equitable for DDBHH individuals.
Spotlight on 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Response Microgrant Awardees: Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children was awarded a microgrant for a project that will focus on enhancing literacy skill development for Spanish-speaking students and their families.
As part of the CSD Unites Community Foundation’s latest cohort of COVID-19 Emergency Response micrograntees, DeafHope was awarded $10,000 for their project titled, “Ensuring Survivors’ Safety Through Economic Security (ESSTES),” which will provide financial support to Deaf survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence.
The CSD Unites Community Foundation is pleased to announce its latest cohort of COVID-19 Resiliency Efforts microgrant awardees. These six Deaf-led organizations have long histories of supporting their communities, and have been working particularly hard to provide additional, crucial supports in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Equity-Driven Deaf-led Grant Provider for Deaf-led Organizations, Unites Community Foundation, Celebrates Launch on January 26th
The Unites Community Foundation, led by Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), is thrilled to announce its launch on January 26, 2021. The Foundation is a grant provider and partner that works collaboratively with deaf-led organizations and communities to achieve long-term, widespread impact.
Communication Service for the Deaf, a deaf advocacy organization founded in South Dakota, is launching a grant foundation to reach underserved areas in the state and nationwide.
Organizations supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts are encouraged to apply for an Emergency Response Grant from the Unites Community Foundation
CSD Unites Community Foundation dreams of working collaboratively with deaf-led organizations and communities to achieve long-term and widespread impact.
CaringWorks’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Residential Treatment program hosted a conversation between industry experts about the impending behavioral health crisis in the Deaf community.
Through a micro-grant from CSD Unites, Partners in Deaf Health have created a series of educational videos in ASL about COVID-19.
Over half of a million people in America are homeless. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, more individuals are at risk of homelessness than ever before. Single individuals, males, and unsheltered persons are among the most impacted by this crisis. Adults with disabilities are four times more likely to be homeless in shelters than adults without disabilities. Although there are thousands of community housing and homeless shelters across America, yet only three specialize in serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. CaringWorks, Inc., a health and human agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of them.
Funds from these CSD Unites micro-grants will support non-profit organizations struggling with resources, managing funds, or adapting services as a result of Covid-19. This may include organizations that supply basic needs, including, but not limited to, food, relief from rent and other household expenses, and access to healthcare.
The Unites Foundation is proud to support non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. This includes organizations that are currently struggling with resources, funding shortages, or adapting their services in response to the pandemic. This week, CSD announced the six organizations within the deaf community that will receive these micro-grants to support their efforts.
Are you an organization that is struggling with resources, managing funds, or adapting your services as a result of COVID-19? Then you may be eligible for funding through the Unites Foundation’s new micro-grant