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Application Instructions - UP Organization Designation

Applications accepted from September 20 – November, 20 2017.

Does your organization provide training to the staff, board, and volunteers about inclusion; engage user/experts* to steward institutional needs and facilitate program and policy development; and implement innovative accessible practices? Then apply for UP Designation.

Benefits of UP Designation

  • Be promoted by the Mass Cultural Council as an UP Organization.
  • Be eligible for the UP Innovation Fund; $1000 grant for an innovative practice that will enhance the sector. Invitations for proposals will be sent to UP Designated organizations in January 2018.
  • Become a key member of the UP Network. Gain a wealth of knowledge, experience and camaraderie by being part of a network of likeminded organizations. The Mass Cultural Council will work with the UP Organizations to identify topics and methods for connecting and sharing through means such as in-person gatherings, webinars, and pairings for mentorship/partnership, etc.
  • Be invited to participate in ILN workshops, as either a presenter or student, encouraging continual professional development in the field.
  • Be eligible for an UP Award which is both a recognition and monetary award.

To apply:

  1. Read the UP Organization Guidelines and create an account if you do not have one. (Usernames/Passwords created for previously-submitted Adams, CIP, Cultural Districts, Cultural Facilities Fund, MassFestivals, and/or YouthReach applications can all be used).
  2. Upload an organizational resolution approved by the applicant’s governing board stating a commitment to learn, take action, and embrace inclusivity as a core organizational value.
  3. Provide 5 application narratives:
    • Examples of your organization’s commitment to learn, take action, and embrace inclusion.
    • Outline of staff, board, and volunteer training regarding access and inclusion.
    • Examples of your institution’s relationship with user/experts*.
    • Description of organizational commitment to access and inclusion.
    • Description of innovative practices; successful or not.

If your board does not meet between now and the November 20 deadline, you will be asked to indicate the date on which your board will meet and take up the vote.

*A user/expert can be anyone with a functional limitation or disability who has developed natural expertise in dealing with the challenges of our physical, information and/or communication environments.

Questions? Contact Charles G. Baldwin, Program Officer, at 617-858-2739.

 
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