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TCDD Policy Fellows Program

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs to Hire
Fellows Who Will Become Developmental Disabilities Advocates

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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12/06/19 5:00 PM CST


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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 who will 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.

The TCDD Policy Fellows Program is tailored to provide exceptional learning and professional development opportunities for people who are ready to be leaders in a government agency or nonprofit organization. Each Fellowship includes four partners: the Advising Entity (grantee), a Mentor, the Fellow, and TCDD.

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. TCDD will assist Fellows to conduct activities and build projects based on their interests, skills, and other factors. Such projects could include but are not limited to: developing one-pagers and fact sheets on policy issues, coordinating public testimony to be given to a legislative committee, and attending meetings with key decisionmakers.

At a minimum, the Fellow could be responsible for the following:

  • Assisting with the development and dissemination of TCDD’s eNews related to public policy;
  • Attending and participating in meetings of the Disability Policy Consortium (DPC);
  • Attending and participating in TCDD’s Disability Policy Academies;
  • Attending relevant meetings/events and legislative hearings;
  • Participating in meetings with legislative offices related to policy issues;
  • Attending and working with TCDD’s Public Policy Committee to formulate and promote the policy priorities of TCDD;
  • Providing policy presentations, updates, and technical assistance to TCDD’s leadership and advocacy grant projects;
  • Attending the Disability Policy Seminar; and
  • Other special projects/activities/tasks as needed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183040

Number of Grants:

Up to 10 organizations

Estimated Size of Grant:

TCDD may award a maximum of $77,500 per year, per project.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for up to two years. Start date is April 1, 2020, and end date is March 31, 2022.

Policy Fellows would begin their two-year Fellowship at least six months prior to the Texas Legislature convening for a 140-day regular legislative session.

TCDD does not plan to provide funding for these projects beyond five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in this RFP can apply. Types of organizations could include:
- Government agencies,
- Nonprofits,
- Colleges and universities,
- Faith-based institutions,
- Technical and/or professional schools, and
- For-profit businesses.

Fellowships are designed for:
- College graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, social work, sociology, or other related field; and
- People already employed in the public service sector who seek enrichment or advancement through a hands-on policy experience within a policy-focused environment.

The program would be designed for both college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, social work, sociology, or other related field and those already employed in the public service sector wanting enrichment or advancement through a hands-on policy experience within a policy-focused environment.

TCDD does not require the Fellow to have additional education beyond a High School Diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency if they exhibit a wealth of applicable knowledge, skill and involvement in disability related supports, services, needs, issues and or advocacy. You are encouraged to hire a Fellow who is a self-advocate or family member. Additional preference would be given to applicants who plan to recruit Fellows with disabilities who are also people of color and/or people who are bilingual. A TCDD Policy Fellow cannot be selected a second time, regardless of any circumstances, including different grantee organization.

The organization that applies for this grant must administer the grant and receive, disburse and account for grant funds.

Individuals may not apply for this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold an informational webinar to provide more information about TCDD’s processes for proposal review and grant award. You are not required to attend in order to apply.

The informational webinar will be held November 14, 2019 at 1 p.m. Central Time. To register for the webinar, contact Scott Daigle (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due December 6, 2019, by 5:00 PM CST.

Important Dates:
- Information Webinar: November 14, 2019
- Deadline to submit questions: November 15, 2019. TCDD will post questions and answers on November 18, 2019.
- Deadline to submit proposal: December 6, 2019
- Award notification: February 2020

Match amount: $25,833 (at least 25% of total project costs)
Poverty match: $8,611 (at least 10% of the total project costs)

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

Apply online:

Scott Daigle/Fernando Rodriguez

6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509
Toll Free: (800) 262-0334
Fax: (512) 437-5434

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USA: Texas

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