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Newsroom SRS awards more than $100,000 in grants to promote independent living

Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has awarded $110,000 in grant funding to seven community agencies to promote independent living for individuals with disabilities.

Funding for the grants is provided by Title VII-B of the Federal Rehabilitation Act.  Quantitative Use of Independent Living Title VII-B, or “QUILT,” grants are intended to build community and systemic capacity for independent living.

Not-for-profit agencies whose programs are directed by persons with disabilities are eligible to receive the grant funding, provided that proposed projects comply with federal guidelines and the Kansas State Plan for Independent Living.

Successful applicants proposed a variety of projects to support QUILT goals, including mentoring of youth with disabilities, training for parents of children with disabilities, peer-to-peer networks focused on achieving self-sufficiency through employment, and transportation programs.

2008 QUILT grantees include:

  • The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy, Topeka
  • OCCK, Inc., Salina
  • Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, Hutchinson
  • Resource Center for Independent Living, Osage City
  • Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center, Hays
  • Three Rivers, Inc., Wamego
  • Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, Topeka 

All projects are funded for a one year period, with potential one or two year renewals