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Grant to a North Carolina Organization or Independent
Living Center to Benefit Youth with Disabilities

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

Deadline Date:

12/30/19 5:00 PM


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Grant of up to $20,000 to a North Carolina organization or independent living center for activities that benefit youth with disabilities. Funding is intended to support the creation of a leadership program for young people aged 15 to 30. Grants will provide assistance for purposes such as meeting venues, accommodations, support staff, personal assistance, and facilitator recruitment.

The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) announces a funding opportunity to establish a Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 - 30. 

The YLF will include meeting space, lodging, meals, interpreters, support staff, personal assistance services, transportation and material including alternate formats for the Youth Leadership Committee meetings; development and distribution of a YLF application throughout NC in a manner that will ensure statewide representation; recruitment of facilitators for the YLF who are youth with disabilities and are knowledgeable about both leadership and the independent living philosophy. Additional requirements are defined in the Youth Leadership Forum RFA #935.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157041

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum annual reimbursement shall not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The contract shall be for a period beginning March 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 with the option to extend, if mutually agreed upon, through a written amendment for an additional 12 months up to two additional years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to North Carolina Centers for Independent Living and Grassroot Organizations with experience providing services to youth with disabilities, cross-disabilities, and Independent Living philosophy.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process Summary Dates:
- December 9, 2019: This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) along with the RFA will be emailed to SILC members, Centers for Independent Living, interested Grassroot Organizations and posted on the DHHS Grants Opportunities Website.
- December 16, 2019: Deadline for written questions concerning the RFA
- December 19, 2019: Summary of all questions and answers will be emailed to all SILC members and qualifying Centers for Independent Living.
- December 30, 2019 Applications must be received by 5:00 pm
- January 6, 2020: Successful applicant will be notified.
- March 1, 2020: Estimated Contract Start Date.

Incomplete applications will be returned and will negatively impact the determination of the award and/or the execution of the start date for the contract. Mail or hand-delivered applications are not accepted for this funding opportunity. When the application is accepted, the organization will be notified to submit a signed original hard copy.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be emailed to

Direct all inquiries concerning this RFA by email to:

Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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USA: North Carolina

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