Opportunities Board

Disability Radical Imagination Impact Fund (DRIIF) 2022
ThisAbility

Opportunity closes: 3rd Dec 2021
Type: Grant
Based: London
Salary: Undisclosed

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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi.

ThisAbility Limited is delighted to announce our inaugural Disability Radical Imagination Impact Fund (DRIIF) 2022 Application. To make the grant application more accessible, you can also upload your answers in audio or video format.

WHAT IS THE FUND ABOUT?
This fund is designed explicitly for Disabled creatives, especially those who are:
– BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour)
– minoritised and/or
– at the intersection of multiple systems of oppression.

So when we say Indigenous, we don’t mean the definition of Indigenous that white supremacy adopts for its propaganda and what we sometimes see as violent and hateful action.

We aim to deliver ten (10) grants of UP TO £1,500 to further Disabled creatives’ creative practice for their radical imaginative project.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY DISABLED CREATIVES?
When we say Disabled creatives, we mean Disabled artists, musicians, screenwriters, authors, writers, filmmakers, actors, comedians, models, designers, commissioning agents, advertisers, psychologists, healers, doctors, teachers, architects, engineers, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and creators, et cetera. Creativity is not a job title nor a Western ideology; it is a way of thinking, living, and existing. And we believe that Disabled people have infinite imagination within limitations.

[SIDE-NOTE: The majority of funding for these grants will be raised by a deduction of 10% from every client investment into our services henceforth. And if you are an accomplice and want to invest in the fund, here is the link: https://forms.gle/7ZeNLcz9KQPUSktj8 ]

WHAT ARE OUR ROOTS?
Also, this fund is rooted in Anti-Ableism and Disability Justice. And this fund is imagined, created, and shared in Crip Time (a term created by, for, and used by the Disabled community). Crip Time is valuing the importance of restful activism and the bending of time (and time travel that works with Disabled bodies and minds without adding to Ableism nor the system[s] of oppression we face daily). Crip Time is the wisdom of knowing that interdependence is more significant than independence. Crip Time is unfiltered, unconditional, and radical Disabled grief and joy in harmony above balance. Crip Time is understood and embraced the most by our Disabled global family.

Moreover, in an Ableist and oppressive society, having Disability Pride is a radical and joyful daily practice. That’s one reason why we named this fund Disability Radical Imagination Impact Fund (DRIIF) too.

WHAT IS THE CRITICAL INFORMATION?
The DEADLINE for applications is 5pm GMT on 3 December 2021. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on 5 July 2022, which is Sulaiman’s birthday (our Founder and Chief Purpose Officer). Please note, ALL information provided will be kept confidential, as we recognise it’s often difficult to publicly state our Disabled identity, gender identity, and racial and/or ethnic identity, etc. in a world that maintains the system(s) of oppression Disabled people face daily. The information provided is for reference and evaluation purposes only.

How To Apply

If you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected]

Watch Sulaiman’s video introducing the fund here as well.

YƐn kɔ! In the Twi language from Ghana 🇬🇭, this means “let’s go!” ✊🏿
We wish you the very best in your application.
As the Ashanti proverb (Ghana) best goes: “Do not follow the path. Go where there is no path to begin the trail.”

Disability Radical Imagination Impact Fund (DRIIF) Questions

  • Tell us more about yourself. What’s your story?
  • What does Disabled Radical Imagination mean to you?
  • What is your most radical imaginative project?
  • If selected, how would you use the funds to further your creative practice for your radical imaginative project?
  • If selected, how would you use the funds to joyfully and sustainably impact the wider Disabled community and our Disabled global family?

Click here to fill out the application form.