Innovation Grants

Application Deadline Extended - Inclusive Health Innovation Grant Opportunity

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Grant Opportunity Announcement

Special Olympics International (SOI) is pleased to announce the 2020 Inclusive Health Innovation Grant opportunity. These small grants, up to $25,000 per grant for a period of performance of up to 12 months, reflect SOI’s commitment to improving access to mainstream health services in the United States for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). The deadline to submit applications is November 11, 2019.

These Inclusive Health Innovation Grants, made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are intended to help mainstream organizations make meaningful inclusive health strides over the next year. These grants will 1) allow eligible organizations to expand on existing or develop new meaningful inclusion efforts to include people with ID in existing health programs and services, 2) identify and document success stories and promising practices, and 3) develop models, case studies, and other inclusive health resources that can be shared with others via the Center for Inclusive Health as we continue to welcome new organizations and partners to the Inclusive Health Movement. Visit for information on previous grantees.


Applicants must be U.S.-based organizations eligible to receive Federal funding to apply for this grant opportunity. This opportunity is intended for mainstream (non-disability) organizations that have national-level influence. Organizations are encouraged to partner with local Special Olympics Programs and/or other self-advocate organizations where appropriate. Review the RFA FAQ and contact if you have questions about your eligibility before beginning your application.

Application deadline and submission instructions

SOI will review applications on a rolling basis and may ask for clarifications or request revised applications addressing feedback where appropriate. SOI will also seek to maximize diversity of awards based on project objectives. Grant agreement packages will be available for signature beginning April 1, 2020, with the first tranche of funding released by April 30, 2020.

Applications are due by the close of business November 11, 2019 by email to Download the RFA for the complete list of submission requirements.

Contact Information at SOI

Nadja Ruzica & Inclusive Health Team
Phone: 202.824.0308
Email: and


  1. Application Template
  2. Request for Application FAQ
  3. Inclusive Health FAQ
  4. Inclusive Health Principles and Strategies Resource
  5. Intentional Inclusion Fact Sheet
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