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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs
to Promote Health for People with Disabilities

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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09/07/18 5:00 PM CT


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Grants to Texas nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, faith-based institutions, and technical or professional schools to promote health and wellness for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Applications are invited for projects that will create a long-term impact through education and bridging gaps in services.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund up to two projects to help people with (I/DD) improve and/or maintain their health and wellness. The projects will have a positive, long-term impact on the health and wellness of people with I/DD.


If people with I/DD are healthy, they have a higher likelihood of living independent and productive lives. Important components of a healthy lifestyle can include participation in health and wellness programs, as well as access to basic health-related resources.

Previously, TCDD funded three health and fitness projects to help people with I/DD to participate in exercise and nutrition programs. Through the projects, TCDD grantees provided:

-Individualized, inclusive fitness programs to people with I/DD;
-Education related to healthy eating; and
-Training and/or technical assistance to enable service clubs and volunteer organizations to, if necessary, alter their culture and activities to support full and equal participation by people with I/DD.

These projects developed resources that are still helping people with I/DD be healthy and fit. However, TCDD recognizes that additional efforts are needed to promote and maintain good health for people with I/DD.

About the RFP:

The purpose of this RFP is to improve the health and wellness of individuals with I/DD. Projects funded through this RFP will:

-Demonstrate best practices and/or develop models that educate individuals, families, and professionals;
-Address gaps in services or access; and/or
-Build community capacity to support healthy behavior among individuals with I/DD.
Examples of what projects might address include:
-Access to health care services, including medical specialists or dentists;
-Access to accessible parks and other recreational facilities;
-Opportunities to participate in health education programs; and/or
-Access to affordable healthy food to reduce food insecurities.

This list is not exhaustive and organizations are encouraged to submit their own innovative ideas.
Projects must demonstrate how the program may address health disparities experienced by people who are traditionally unserved or underserved. The grantee must also provide TCDD with information and recommendations that can be used to inform future policy actions and projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183906

Number of Grants:

Funding is available for up to two organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made for up to five years. Funding for the second through fifth years is not automatic.

Continuation funding is not automatic and TCDD may choose not to award continuation grants. Continuation proposals are generally due approximately three months before the end of the grant year.

The project start date is January 1, 2019. The project end date is December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in this RFP can apply.

Types of organizations could include:
-Government agencies,
-Colleges and universities,
-Faith-based institutions,
-Technical and/or professional schools, and
-For profit businesses.

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 conference call 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 conference call will be held August 15, 2018 at noon Central Time.

To participate:
-Phone number: 1-877-820-7831
-Participant passcode: 649944#

Pre-Application Information:

Grantees must provide a matching contribution each year. This may include:
-Funding from non-federal sources,
-Volunteer hours, or
-Other "in- kind" donations, such as office space and utilities.

Other federal funds may not be used as match. Items or funds that are used for match for another federally-funded project may not be used as match. TCDD prefers that the amount of match increase each year of the project.

The RFP provides the amount of match expected for non-poverty counties and for poverty counties if you request the full amount. Requesting less than the full amount will reduce the amount of match you must provide.

Poverty counties are counties in which at least 20 percent of the people in the county live in poverty. The attachments to the RFP includes a list of counties that has poverty counties highlighted.

Non-poverty counties: Project activities located in counties not designated as federal poverty areas require matching resources equal to at least 25 percent of total project costs.

Poverty counties: Project activities located in counties designated as federal poverty counties require matching resources equal to at least 10 percent of the total project costs.

-Match Requirement: $66,666
-Poverty Match Requirement: $22,222

Submit all questions about the RFP or application to Danny Fikac via email by 5:00 PM Central Time on August 17, 2018. TCDD will not answer questions about the RFP or application after that date and time. TCDD will post questions and answers on DD Suite as an attachment to this RFP by 5:00 PM Central Time August 21, 2018.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM PM Central Time on September 7, 2018. TCDD does not consider late applications under any circumstances, including user error.

TCDD will notify proposers about funding decisions by November 30, 2018.

Other key dates include:
-Informational conference call: August 15, 2018
-Deadline to submit questions: August 17, 2018
-Award notification: November 30, 2018 (this date may change)
Project start date: January 1, 2019 (this date may change)

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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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Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas