Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)
10/04/19 5:00 PM CST
Grants of up to $77,500 to Texas nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, faith-based institutions, and professional schools to hire and mentor a fellow to specialize in developmental disabilities advocacy. Funding is intended to increase the number of professionals with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to engage in disability-related policy activities.
Through the program, emerging policy professionals receive training and mentoring that will help them effectively develop, implement, and evaluate the disability policies of the future. The program also provides an opportunity for longtime professionals to share their expertise and historical knowledge with the new professionals.
The Fellowship program would be tailored to provide exceptional learning and professional development opportunities for people who are ready to be leaders in a government or nonprofit agency. From disability policy conferences, networking, job shadowing, and disability policy academies hosted by TCDD, the TCDD Policy Fellow program would provide the skills and connections for Fellows to cultivate a meaningful career in disability policy and an opportunity to pursue their passion for making a difference.
Advising Entities provide the Fellow with expertise in a specific area. Advisors from the entity will create structure, assist with goal setting, help prioritize the work of the Fellow, and hold themselves and the Fellow accountable for making progress. The Advisor(s) would be responsible for providing advanced, senior-level guidance and technical assistance to the Fellow regarding policy development, implementation, and evaluation and advocacy activities. The Advisor(s) would be expected to have strong constructive feedback skills.
The goal of the program is to bring new public policy professionals into the disability field. Therefore, Advising Entities may use Fellowship funding to hire a new employee as a full-time Fellow, or to provide advanced training to an existing employee--only if the employee is permitted to significantly expand their current work with the Entity to include disability policy. Applying entities would need to clearly and consistently demonstrate that the focus and goal of their project will be training and guiding the Fellow through the duration of TCDD’s funding – at minimum.
For more information on the project description and milestones, see the RFP webpage in Pre-Application Information below.
GrantWatch ID#: 183040
Up to 10 projects
TCDD may award a maximum of $77,500 per year, per project.
Funding is for up to two years. TCDD does not plan to provide funding for these projects beyond five years. The earliest expected project start date is Jan. 1, 2020 (this date may change).
Fellows will begin their two-year Fellowship at least six months prior to the start of the legislative session. The 87th Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 12, 2021.