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Priorities and Guidelines

MEAF National Grant Priorities and Guidelines

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation supports innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed. MEAF will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities.

What does MEAF fund?

MEAF supports projects from 501(c)(3) organizations that:

  • Develop youth leadership & employment skills, and/or create tools for employers that help break down barriers and increase employment opportunities for youth and veterans with disabilities
  • Present an innovative approach that leads to measurable employment outcomes for youth with disabilities
  • Are national in scope, or model projects that have a definite plan for national dissemination and replication
  • Support U.S. youth with disabilities as the main beneficiary, or young veterans with disabilities transitioning to civilian life
  • Promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities, and promote inclusive, competitive employment practices
  • Have a well-defined evaluation, dissemination and replication plan


MEAF does NOT fund:

  • Individuals (scholarships, stipends, fellowships, personal assistance)
  • Intermediary organizations such as the United Way
  • Organizations whose services are limited to a particular ethnic, fraternal, labor or political constituency
  • Loans of money for any purpose
  • Capital campaigns/building funds
  • Projects focused exclusively on research
  • Organizations with discriminatory hiring practices based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected category
  • Equipment or devices for individual users, except for employment accommodations as part of a larger project
  • Organizations engaged exclusively in political activities or lobbying
  • Locally based activities without national impact
  • Individual schools or school districts
  • Sectarian or religious activities for religious purposes
  • Projects or events that are already completed
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Political campaigns or causes
  • Fund-raising events
  • Projects exclusively benefiting individuals or groups outside of the United States

The Foundation does not broker requests for product donations from Mitsubishi Electric companies. We suggest visiting, a resource for product donations.

Funding Cycle

MEAF accepts online proposals from July 15 to November 1 to be considered for the following year’s funding.

  • Jul. 15 Online proposals accepted
  • Nov. 1 Proposals due
  • Mar. 15 Funding decision made
  • Apr. 1 New project funding begins

Frequently Asked Questions

What is inclusion?

Inclusion is an attitude and approach that ensures all people, regardless of ability or background, can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Inclusion is an approach, not a program. An attitude, not an activity. Inclusion is belonging!

How does MEAF define youth?
MEAF defines youth from birth through college-aged (about 26)

What is the average grant size?
Grants typically range from $10K to $100K/year, for one to two years

How many grants does MEAF award each year?
Six to 12 grants each year.

What are examples of what MEAF has funded?

How can I apply?
MEAF accepts proposals between July 15 through November 1 every year for projects starting on or after April 1.