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Press Release: National Service Inclusion Project Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant

UMass Boston Project to Continue for Five Years

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Originally published: 11/2008

Contact: Quinn Barbour/Institute for Community Inclusion
Phone: 617-287-4309
AIM screen name: qbarbourici
Email: Quinn.Barbour@umb.edu
Website: www.communityinclusion.org

Boston, MA: The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and the University of Massachusetts Boston has been awarded a five-year grant. The grant will continue the relationship between NSIP, the Corporation for National and Community Service Programs (the Corporation), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the 67 University Centers for Excellence on Disability (UCEDs).

The Corporation has available up to approximately $6,000,000 for the first year of potential five-year cooperative agreements to fund organizations to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to build the capacity of local programs and organizations that use service and volunteering to meet community needs. Funding for years two through five is contingent upon the availability of funds and the recipient’s satisfactory progress towards agreed-upon objectives.

This award will allow NSIP to continue work from the past ten years; increasing the frequency in which individuals with disabilities participate in national and community service as valued members, volunteers, and leaders. As more disability organizations propose service as an option, large numbers of stories from members, volunteers, and alums describe the positive experience of volunteerism.

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities through training, consultation, clinical and employment services, and research. ICI is a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities based at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Children's Hospital Boston.

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