Program Area: Disabilities - Physical and Sensory Disabilities

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Israel, Hawaii, Maryland, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County Expand all

Location of residency: Israel, Hawaii, Maryland, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County Expand all

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Program Area: Disabilities

The Foundation supports organizations that respect and promote the independence and individual choice of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This portfolio focuses on housing, jobs, and early intervention services provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to meet individual needs.

Promoting independence and integration through disabilities funding.

Geographic Focus

Physical and Sensory Disabilities (all ages)

  • The Foundation will consider requests from community-based, direct-service providers only in the Foundation’s priority areas: Maryland, Greater Chicago, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Israel.


Housing in US and Israel (capital grants for renovation and new construction)

The Foundation funds safe, deeply affordable, accessible housing integrated into the community. Specifically, the Foundation funds scattered-site, independent apartment living (apartments owned by nonprofit housing providers) in the community and small group homes of no more than four people, with each person in his or her own bedroom. The Weinberg Foundation has hired a university-affiliated ombudsman to visit Weinberg-funded homes. By accepting a grant award from the Weinberg Foundation, the grantee accepts an ombudsman system as part of the Foundation’s ongoing due diligence of its grantees.


The Foundation supports customized employment in the community, meaning that time is invested in the individual to determine the person’s abilities, interest, and willingness to work and only then to identify appropriate employers. In other words, the Foundation supports projects that promote self-determination in employment—choice. The Foundation focuses on transitioning youth who are aging out of special education. A job is defined as at least three hours per day at minimum wage in an integrated work setting (no sheltered workshops, no enclaves).

Early education/early intervention

The Foundation seeks early intervention programs for children with multiple disabilities, especially the autistic spectrum disorders (ages 0 to 7). The Foundation seeks early-education programs that show positive outcomes and use evidence-based methods. Education programs can be in self-contained settings as long as the long-term goal is mainstreaming and integration into the general education classroom by first grade (80% of the time is the goal). The Foundation does not fund public schools. The Foundation funds only evidence-based programs that have credentialed staff, low student/teacher ratios, and are tailored to the specific needs of individual children. Family involvement and home-based programs are also crucial in the Foundation’s grantmaking decision.

Integrated (residential) summer camps

The Foundation’s trustees select integrated summer camp programs for children with and without disabilities. Preference is given to camps open all year for respite programs serving families.

Legal aid programs and access to benefits

The Foundation recognizes the importance for families to have an advocate to represent them in acquiring needed services. Disability law centers and legal aid bureaus, as examples, can help in identifying and accessing benefits such as Medicaid and helping parents with due process hearings and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Assistive technology

The Foundation understands the importance of assistive technology as a treatment tool for those with intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities such as robotic-assisted physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy, telemonitoring of homes, or augmentative communication devices. Durable medical equipment such as rehab equipment for the home and home modifications including ramps will not be funded.

Grant Types

Capital Grants

Capital grants fund the purchase, construction, and/or renovation of a building or the purchase of equipment. To be eligible for consideration, a capital grant must meet the following criteria:
  • The organization has raised at least 50 percent of the total capital project cost. The Weinberg Foundation will not fund more than 30 percent of the total cost of a capital project.
  • The organization has received value-engineered drawings or a signed contract with the builder, if applicable.
Operating Grants

Operating grants fund the overall operating costs of an organization. 

Program Grants

Program grants fund specific programs within an organization.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:
    • Be a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt status.
    • Have audited or reviewed financial statements.
    • Be in operation for at least three years.
    • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.


  • Please note we do not fund therapeutic horseback riding or the purchase of medical equipment.
  • The Foundation does not fund
    • Individuals
    • Arts and culture
    • Post-secondary scholarships
    • Debt reduction
    • Colleges and universities
    • Think tanks
    • Endowments
    • Political action groups
    • Annual appeals (in most cases)
    • Publications
    • Academic or health research
    • Fundraising events

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