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Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 12:00 PM Noon

Description:

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Grants starting at $15,000 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, and public agencies for projects that promote the integration, inclusion, and self-determination of individuals with developmental disabilities. Funding is intended to support systems change, capacity building, and advocacy activities across a range of focus areas that include (but are not limited to) health, early intervention, recreation, housing, and employment.

Across the United States, Councils on Developmental Disabilities engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities to address the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) assists organizations, corporations, and public agencies operating within the State of Mississippi. Activities are as follows:

- Advocacy activities include active support of policies and practices that promote systems change efforts and other activities that further advance self-determination and inclusion in all aspects of community living (including housing, education, employment, and other aspects) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

- Capacity building activities (i.e. training and technical assistance) expand and/or improve the ability of people with developmental disabilities, families, supports, services and/or systems to promote, support and enhance self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in community life.

- Systems change activities involve a sustainable, transferable and replicable change in some aspect of service or support availability, design or delivery that promotes positive or meaningful outcomes for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Council works to empower people to achieve their maximum potential for self-determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion into their communities. Key activities include funding innovative demonstration projects, conducting outreach, providing training and technical assistance, removing barriers, developing coalitions, encouraging citizen participation, and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues.

MSCDD funded projects must support advocacy, capacity building, and/or systems change activities for at least one of the following areas of emphasis:

- Quality Assurance – Activities that focus on self-advocacy, leadership development, improvements in quality of services, or making communities safe from abuse or neglect and accessible for people with developmental disabilities.
- Education and Early Intervention – Activities that maximize educational and student life supports for people with developmental disabilities and families in the community.
- Child Care – Activities that support children with developmental disabilities in child care services whether before-school, after-school and out-of-school.
- Health – Activities that promote health and wellness of people with developmental disabilities.
- Housing – Activities that support people with developmental disabilities living in their community.
- Transportation – Activities that support people with developmental disabilities having transportation for where and when they want to go.
- Formal and Informal Community Supports – Activities that support access to services available or offered in a community, including formal and informal community supports that affect quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
- Employment – Activities that support integrated, community employment of people with developmental disabilities.
- Recreation – Activities that support inclusive recreation, leisure and social community events for people with developmental disabilities.

Proposals should address one or more of the following expected outcomes from the current state plan:

1. Developing and Strengthening Self-Advocacy and Leadership

- One or more self-advocacy organizations or programs led by people with developmental disabilities will be strengthened. More people with developmental disabilities and families will receive information about leadership to develop their self-advocacy groups. Self-advocates are empowered to further develop their organizations or groups and become more actively involved in decisions and knowledge or issues affecting their lives and others to promote systems change. Self-advocates become more aware of current service gaps and more involved in educating policymakers of their needs.
- People with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders will receive leadership training and demonstrate leadership skills in their communities. These leaders will provide leadership training to other people with developmental disabilities who may become leaders.
- People with developmental disabilities will begin to participate or become more active in cross-disability and culturally diverse coalitions to empower them and become more involved in their communities. As a result, more people with developmental disabilities will serve in leadership positions.

2. Developing or Improving Approaches to Services and Systems

Demonstrate new approaches to direct services, enhance systems, or eliminate barriers to access and use of community services (such as employment, transportation, housing, health, education, early intervention, recreation, and other supports) to increase choice and flexibility of services. People with developmental disabilities will have increased access to needed services and supports. Policies, laws, regulations, promising practices, and/or best practices should be created or improved and implemented

3. Meeting Other Needs of People with Developmental Disabilities and Families

To address other needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families, increase activities, including but not limited to outreach, training, technical assistance, supporting and educating communities, coordination/collaboration with other organizations or groups, citizen participation, and informing policymakers, to increase the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. This could involve increasing advocacy skills of family members and others in the community or educating policymakers concerning the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

4. Planning of the Future Care for Adults (50+) with Developmental Disabilities

As family caregivers (usually parents) age, the need for future planning of care for their family member with a developmental disability becomes crucial. Increased opportunities for training and guidance for people with developmental disabilities, family members, or other caregivers can address future needs of aging adults (considered as 50 years of age or older). This may include topics such as supported decision making, advance directives, guardianships, trusts, services, supports, transition to other community living, ABLE savings accounts, or other options available.

Consideration for funding includes:

- New innovative projects which support concepts of advocacy, capacity building, and systems change leading to self-determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.
- The meaningful involvement of people with developmental disabilities and families in the development of the project design and on-going implementation.
- The use of an outcome framework to identify, measure, and report results.
- Projects which plan for sustainability.
- Projects worthy of replication.
- Organizations who have successfully completed MSCDD grant requirements in previous fiscal years (if applicable).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180038

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$200,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

An approximate average per grant funding over the past five years has been $63,000 with a range from $15,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period for Fiscal Year 2020 is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Project funding is for one fiscal year only depending on availability of funds and successful completion of proposed activities, monitoring visits, and required reporting. There is no guarantee of continuation funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:

Grant proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, public agencies and for-profit corporations approved by and operating within the State of Mississippi. Legal status documentation and employee dishonesty insurance proof or fidelity bond are required as part of the grant application. State agencies are exempt from employee dishonesty insurance.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12 p.m.

Timeline:

- Release of Request for Proposals: October 1, 2018
- Proposals due to MSCDD (E-mail): March 1, 2019 by 12 p.m. (Noon)
- Internal Review of Proposals: April 10-11, 2019
- Award Notifications: April 15-19, 2019
- Project Start Date: July 1, 2019

Grant proposals must be e-mailed to Christy Ashley by the deadline date and time.

A match is required on MSCDD grants. (For specific match requirements, see Request for Proposals listed in Supporting Documents below.)

MSCDD grants are on a cash reimbursement basis for allowable, paid expenditures.

Contact Information:

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

Christy Ashley
601-359-5533
christy.ashley@dmh.ms.gov

MSCDD
239 North Lamar St.
1101 Robert E. Lee Building
Jackson, MS 39201
P: 601.359.6238
F: 601.576.4040

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi