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Opportunity Subaward

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Individuals
to Assist Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

GrantWatch ID#: 166973
Agency Type:

State

Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities

07/24/17 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Nebraska nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and IHEs for innovative, small-scale projects that improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. The purpose of this program is to support smaller initiatives that do not meet the more formalized request for applications released by the Council each year.

Projects must address one of the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1
Improve transition across the lifespan of more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities and their families.

Objective A: An increased number of individuals transitioning out of special education and their families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources for adult living.

Objective B: An increased number of adults with I/DD and their aging families will be identified through outreach activities and provided with information to expand their knowledge of adult services and other community resources.

Objective C: An increased number of individuals with I/DD and their families will be provided with information to expand their knowledge and acquire skills for developing self- directed, person-centered plans.

Goal 2
Improve advocacy, self-advocacy, and self-determination for more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities and their families.

Objective A: Strengthen support for an increased number of self-advocates through leadership development and coalition participation by:

1. Supplying direct funding to People First of Nebraska for advocacy activities.

2. Supporting opportunities for individuals with I/DD who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with I/DD who may become leaders.

3. Supporting participation of self-advocates in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions.

4. Support the development of a curriculum to be used statewide for the development of self-advocacy and self-determination skills.

Objective B: Advocate for positive systems of change impacting the lives and health of individuals with I/DD of diverse identities and their families through active participation in statewide advisory committees and cross-disability workgroups; public policy advocacy; cross-systems dialogue; and DD Network collaboration.

Objective C: Collaborate among the Nebraska DD Network Partners (Disability Rights Nebraska, Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities [UCEDD], and the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities) to advocate for positive systems change impacting the lives and health of individuals with I/DD.

Objective D: Address the targeted disparity issue with African-American male students with developmental disabilities who are incarcerated or enter the criminal justice system at higher statistical rates by:

1. Improving systemic collaboration in the areas of education, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, children and family services, and the judicial system.

2. Decreasing, through systems collaboration, the number of out of school suspensions resulting from zero tolerance policies.

3. Conducting additional activities to reduce this disparity, including outreach, training, and education.

Goal 3
Influence systems change to provide increased opportunities for more individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities to pursue an employment path of their choice.

Objective A: Provide support to address barriers, advocate for, and expand opportunities for an increased number of individuals to participate in community integrated employment or entrepreneurship.

Objective B: Increase opportunities for self-advocates to share employment experiences and promote community integrated employment and entrepreneurship with peers and stakeholders.

Objective C: Provide access to benefits planning services for an increased number of service providers, individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families to support the person’s employment choices.

Goal 4
Increase community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) of diverse identities.

Objective A: Increase opportunities for community inclusion for individuals with I/DD.

Objective B: Expand and enhance respite care services throughout the state.

Objective C: Expand and enhance inclusive childcare opportunities throughout the state.

Community Support
The Council is mandated by federal law with assuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are integrated and included in all facets of community life. Community inclusion factors are taken into consideration when Council members review applications. The extent that a subaward application promotes full participation of the target population in the same activities of community life, recreation, employment, and education being utilized by other community members goes into the decision process. Inclusion of the larger community in the planning and implementation of the project proposal is important to enhance awareness and the expectation of success.

Project Sustainability
Council subawards are awarded for one year. Applicants must describe in detail their plan to sustain the project once Council funds end (i.e., who will maintain the project after the subaward cycle ends). Subaward applicants can increase the likelihood that projects will be sustained by including local community service groups, businesses, public education, and local government entities in their development. The plan should identify the activities, features, or practices that the applicant wants to sustain.

$40,000

Opportunity Subaward projects can be funded for a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $10,000.

Opportunity Subaward projects are funded for only one year. Projects will be expected to begin October 1, 2017 and must be completed by September 30, 2018.

Eligible applicants are profit and nonprofit entities, state agencies, institutions of higher education, or local subdivisions of government.

Council subaward funds cannot be used for the following:
-To purchase equipment, including computers
-Ongoing operating expenses
-Construction or renovation costs
-Direct services for people with developmental disabilities (unless these services are part of a model demonstration).

Applicants are required to provide a 25% match of the funds requested. The match can be either cash or in-kind. Cash match is support provided to a project by an agency that they would have to pay for. Examples include part of someone’s salary, rental space, or postage. In-kind match examples are donated time or items such as volunteer time or copying provided by a business.

Generally, these Requests for Applications (RFAs) go out in December and June with the one-year subawards beginning in April and October. RFAs may be released outside of these dates if funds are available.

The deadline for applications to be received in the Council office is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 24, 2017.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Council office for assistance.

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

Kristen Larsen, Executive Director
402-471-2330
dhhs.ddplanningcouncil@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

Address for Hand Delivery:
301 Centennial Mall South, 3rd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508

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