Winter 2020

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Susie Redfern developed Milestones Magazine to help individuals with disabilities and their families achieve and celebrate events and milestones in their lives.

proposal for aGRANT

However, starting any business, including a micro-enterprise,

needs a business plan, start-up funds, and other

supports to become successful and profitable. That’s

illness that meets Social Security’s disability criteria under

SSI. The application can come from an individual or a team

of up to 4 members.

where organizations that can help support and finance

micro-enterprises come into play.

The next round of grants will not become available

until the Fall of 2021 and may be further delayed because

One such organization is Life’s Plan, located in the

Chicago area. Life’s Plan offers annual micro-grants to

of COVID-19 restrictions. Be sure and check our website

for updates in the fall of 2021: www.lifesplaninc.org.

qualified individuals to help them start a Micro-Enterprise.

I am pleased to introduce Consuelo Puente, a Life’s

Plan board member and Parent Advocate on the Grants

Committee, to tell us more about the micro-grant program.

To submit a proposal for a grant to start your own business

we have certain simple requirements. First of all, keep your

proposal brief, no more than 4 pages. We ask that you tell

us a little about yourself and who is going to support you

Hi I am Consuelo Puente.

in doing the business. We know that individuals with

disabilities may need the support from a family member or

I want to thank you for this opportunity to spread the word

about the micro-grants available from Life’s Plan.

paid staff of an agency and we take that into account in your

proposal. We ask that you give us an idea of what

your business is about and tell us how you

‘As a parent of two adult sons with

disabilities I faced the difficult question

of what kind of lives will my sons have?

What kind of work will be in their lives?

The answers do not come easily, I am

proud to be part of an organization

will use the money. A budget plan and a

timeline should be submitted as part of

your proposal. More details on the

requirements of the proposals will

be released next year before the

proposals are due.

that provides some families with some

great options. The micro-grants program

provides entrepreneurs with disabilities a

launching pad from which to get into the real

world of business and work. The grants can

be an award of up to $2000, depending on the

business plan submitted to Life’s Plan.

I find that the biggest problem

in submitting a proposal for our

micro-grants is coming up with an idea

for a business that an individual with a

disability can do. Of course, it is easy to say

“be creative” or “think outside of the box”.

Not so easy to put that advice into action. What

Only adult Illinois residents are able to apply and

must be considered to have a disability or mental

I find more helpful is to think closer to home.

My sons and I started a business based on our

think outside the box

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