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Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID)

Grants to New Jersey Agencies to Provide Recreational
Programs and Events for Individuals With Disabilities

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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $35,000 to New Jersey local government agencies to provide recreational programs and special events for individuals with disabilities. Eligible participants are individuals with disabilities such as autism, developmental disability, physical disability, learning disability, multiple disabilities, and other disabling conditions.

The purpose of this program is to assist local governments with grant funding to support local programs that: 1) commence or expand recreation & leisure services for persons with disabilities. 2) improve the status of persons with disabilities as members of the total society and 3) promote the least restrictive environment in providing recreation and leisure services for persons with disabilities.

Program participants must be individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities, according to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, are those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individuals. For the purposes of this grant, individuals of all ages with the following disabilities qualify for these recreational services:

  • Autism (pervasive developmental disability which significantly impacts verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction);
  • Developmental disability (disability is characterized by significantly below average general cognitive functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behaviors.);
  • Physically disabled (Disability characterized by orthopedic impairment);
  • Learning disability (perceptually impaired, dyslexia, minimum brain dysfunction, etc. A disorder in one or more of the psychological processes involved in understanding and/or using language, spoken or written);
  • Multiple disability (having 2 or more disabling conditions); and
  • Other Disabling Conditions, which may include: auditory impairment (deafness or hearing impaired), visual impairment (blindness or partial sight), traumatic brain injury, or emotional disturbance.

Eligible activities are recreation and leisure programs and/or activities. There are two (2) grant opportunities:

  • Comprehensive grants: Continuous, integrated recreation and leisure service programs which promote and provide the least restrictive environment for an individual with a disability. Examples of comprehensive recreation and leisure services programs are:
    • Continuous recreation and leisure service programs
    • Regionalized recreation and leisure service programs
    • Weekly integrated after–school program for children with disabilities
    • Weekly integrated Friday evening recreation program for young adults with disabilities
  • Special Event grants: any short-term recreation activity. These activities last only one (1) day or a few days. Examples of Special Events are:
    • A one day recreation event
    • Up to four (4) bus trips each lasting less than one (1) day
    • Up to six (6) sessions of recreational instruction

Priority will be given to proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • New programs that address a critical or growing community recreational need
  • Programs that promote the integration of the disabled into the greater community
  • Programs that provide innovative opportunities to meet participant needs
  • Programs that measurably improve the participants' quality of life
  • Programs that are an integral part of a locality's recreational strategy
  • Programs that may be expected to continue without future ROID assistance

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181686

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically, these grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. The maximum grant award will be $20,000 for a grant serving one municipality. The maximum award for grants serving a region (multiple municipalities) or a county is $35,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant term: October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

This grant is not meant to become an agency’s long-term funding source for recreation programs. The maximum term of funding for any program is three (3) years. A local government may continue to receive funding after three years, but it must provide different program services.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a municipal or county government.

Contracts funded under this Act must be made through a New Jersey governmental entity (municipality or county). The principals of the contract will be the Department of Community Affairs and the respective municipal or county governmental entity. Grantees may perform the services directly or through contractual arrangements with nonprofit agencies whose agreements shall comply with the Local Public Contracts Law. All nonprofit agencies must have a valid Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate of Good Standing (Charities Registration) on file with the NJ Department of Community Affairs. These documents, along with an MOU, must be uploaded into the application in SAGE by the applicant. Non-profit agencies’ programs will be funded indirectly by way of this agreement; the grant agreement shall be between the Department and the governmental grantee. Any funds a non-profit entity receives under ROID must be used for municipal programs and to serve residents in the target service area.

Ineligible activities: The following items are not eligible for funding under this grant application:
- Retrofitting restrooms
- Making building entrances accessible
- Retrofitting recreation facilities for accessibility
- Purchase of playground equipment
- Purchase of playground safety surfacing
- Respite services
- Transportation (some recreation programs include the cost of transportation in the activity which is allowed, but transportation is not the purpose of the grant)
- Segregated recreation activities
- Recreation trips, or activities that would be considered exorbitantly expensive, such as Broadway tickets or trips to Disneyland.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical assistance sessions: Two webinar technical assistance workshops will be offered. Each session will contain the same information. All applicants are encouraged to send a representative from their local government to attend one of the two offered workshops. The two webinar technical assistance workshops will be held on the following days: Thursday October 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday October 7 at 11:00a.m.

To sign in for the webinar scheduled for Thursday October 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., please use the following link:

To sign in for the webinar scheduled for Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., please use the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submission: Friday, October 23, 2020.

Local match requirement: Contracts awarded to N.J. governmental entities require a 20% local match to State funds awarded. The local government must appropriate $1.00 for every $5.00 awarded by the State. The match requirement of a local government must be a cash match contribution or the salary of the direct recreation program staff. Inkind services or costs of regular, annual governmental budget expenses are not allowed, by law, as a substitute for the cash match requirement. Current administrative staff cannot be funded by this grant.

Contact Information:

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

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Jennifer Underwood
(609) 292-5855

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