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Creating Inclusive Communities

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Community Support for Individuals with Disabilities

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Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)

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04/25/19 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Virginia nonprofits, businesses, IHEs, and agencies to increase support services for individuals with disabilities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding may be used to address disparities in services for underserved populations or to improve formal or informal community support services.

Target Areas:

- Formal/Informal Community Supports: Support improved community infrastructure, services and supports, including paid and unpaid supports for individuals with DD and other disabilities.

- Under or Inequitably Served Populations (Targeted Disparity): Address a disparity experienced by an underserved or inequitably served group within the population of people with developmental and other disabilities.

Projects funded through the Inclusive Communities Grant Program must be designed to result in sustainable systems change by (a) demonstrating effective approaches to a particular need of the target population; (b) effecting long-term changes in policies and practices; and/or (c) building capacity and/or expanding the scope of effective programs. Projects that aim to address the unique set of challenges experienced by individuals with disabilities in underserved and unserved rural areas of the Commonwealth are of particular interest to the Board.

Projects should be designed to achieve systems change, i.e., to transform fragmented approaches into a coordinated and effective system which ensures that individuals with DD and their families participate in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life. For projects in which there will be direct benefit to individuals, at least 60% of the target population that will benefit from the grant, must be persons with Developmental Disabilities (DD).

For a list of program examples, see the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183478

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding for individual projects may range from $10,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects will begin August 1, 2019.

Grant periods are typically 12 – 18 months, however, shorter or longer periods may be considered. Grantees will be required to submit a renewal application for grant periods longer than 12 months in order to demonstrate outcomes prior to receiving second year funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Board awards grants to non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, local public agencies, state agencies and institutions of higher education.

The Board encourages braided funding and partnerships. Please be sure to clearly describe the planned role and responsibilities of each partner at all stages of the project. Only one organization can receive the grant and will be contractually responsible for grant administration, reporting and delivery of the project.

Through this RFP, the Board will not support the following:
- Existing projects or services that are a part of an organization’s current program or budget;
- Projects that would supplant or replace existing federal, state, or local dollars to conduct the project;
- Projects which have a federal, state or local mandate to be delivered by the applicant organization;
- Projects which include capital expenditures for the acquisition of land or buildings, new construction or major repair.
- Projects that do not directly align with one or more of the Board’s State Plan Objectives specified in the RFP.

Unallowable grant expenditures include, but are not limited to:
a) Capital expenditures that include the acquisition of land or buildings, new construction or major repairs
b) Mortgage payments or related interest payments
c) Real estate or property taxes
d) Entertainment expenses
e) Organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions, regardless of the purpose for which the funds will be used

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Stage I (LOI) applications due: January 17, 2019 by 4:00 PM ET
- Notification of Stage I decisions: February 21, 2019
- Technical Assistance for applicants invited to submit a proposal in Stage II: March 11, 2019
- Stage II applications due: April 25, 2019 by 4:00 PM ET
- Notification of Stage 2 decisions: July 1, 2019
- Earliest possible projects start date: August 1, 2019

Grantees are required to contribute a minimum match (cash or in-kind) of 25 percent of total project costs (grant funds + match). Federal funds cannot be used as match. If the project primarily serves a Designated Poverty Area, the minimum match requirement is 10 percent of total project costs. In light of the Board’s limited funds availability, applicants are strongly encouraged to use indirect costs towards the minimum match requirement.

All grant payments are processed on a cost reimbursable basis.

Assessment of the Disabilities Services System in Virginia:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Jason Withers
(804) 786-9375

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

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USA: Virginia