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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Assist Seniors with Disabilities

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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09/07/18 5:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grants to Texas nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, IHEs, faith-based institutions, and technical or professional schools to address the needs of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Applicants must address challenges in the areas of health, finances, retirement, mobility, and community involvement.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund up to three projects to develop new initiatives to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are aging and their caregivers. As this population continues to grow, systems must be better-equipped to serve their unique needs during this life stage by providing information, resources, and support.


Today, people with I/DD are living longer than previous generations of people with I/DD. As people with I/DD grow older, they face age-related challenges in various aspects of their lives, including:

-Mobility, and
-Community involvement.

People with I/DD are also outliving parents who are often the primary caregivers. As these caregivers continue to grow older, they often become less able to provide care for their loved ones because they have to address their own health problems, physical disabilities, and other age-related concerns. This inability to care for their child can cause additional stress and anxiety, which can impact the care they provide and limit planning for the future. With a growing number of Texans who are aging, the system must better understand the unique needs of older individuals with I/DD and their caregivers to adequately provide support during this life stage.

About the RFP:

The purpose of this RFP is to develop new initiatives to support people with I/DD who are aging and their caregivers. Projects may include opportunities for family members, individuals, and professionals. An individual project may focus primarily on:

-Meeting the needs of people with I/DD who are aging,
-Meeting the needs of aging caregivers of family members with I/DD,
-Reducing gaps in the long-term services and supports system for people with I/DD who are aging, or
-Some or all of the above.

Examples of what projects might address include:

-Research: Conduct research and collect data regarding the unique needs of individuals aging with I/DD, their caregivers, and/or providers of long-term services and supports to understand system gaps, discover best practices, and identify opportunities for improvement.

-Futures Planning: Develop futures planning programs for people with I/DD who are aging and for caregivers.

-I&R: Develop strategies for information and referral (I&R) related to necessary services and supports.

-Healthcare Needs: Develop a program to identify the physical and behavioral healthcare needs for the person with I/DD who is aging and/or their caregiver.

-Aging in Place: Identify the needs for the continuity of care, including residential needs, to support aging in place.

-Self-Advocacy: Develop a self-advocacy skills training program and provide the necessary support so people with I/DD who are aging and caregivers are informed and empowered to explain their needs to service providers.

-Support Networks: Establish support networks for people with I/DD who are aging and for caregivers.

This list is not exhaustive and organizations are encouraged to submit their own innovative ideas. Ideally, informational materials and resources developed through this RFP will be able to be replicated elsewhere in Texas and/or implemented statewide.

Outputs and Outcomes:

TCDD expects your project to:
-Identify and begin to address service system gaps to better serve and support adults with developmental disabilities who are aging and their caregivers.
-Provide TCDD with up-to-date information and recommendations that can be used to develop further policy actions and future projects.
-Promote new initiatives that can have long-term impact that benefits people with developmental disabilities.

This might include things such as:
-Enabling more people to have access to services and supports;
-Changing or creating at least one policy, procedure, statute, and/or regulation;
-Educating and sharing information with decision makers or others in the community;
-Creating new partnerships that increase the capacity of the community to support caregivers and individuals with I/DD;
-Creating a new program, model, or technology that continues to be available after the grant funding ends; and/or
-Producing a product that will be of value beyond the life of the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183907

Number of Grants:

Funding is available for up to three organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $175,000 per year

Term of Contract:

The project start date is January 1, 2019.

Funding may be provided for up to five years. Funding for the second through fifth years is not automatic.

Organizations that are awarded funding must submit continuation funding proposals each year. Continuation funding will not exceed the maximum per-year funding amount stated in the RFP.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in the 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 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM 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.

Match Amount:

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

-Required Match: $58,333
-Required Poverty Match: $19,444

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

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

Key Dates:

The deadline to submit questions is August 17, 2018, 5:00 PM Central Time. TCDD will post questions and answers on DD Suite as an attachment to the RFP by 5:00 PM Central Time August 22, 2018.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM PM Central Time on September 7, 2018.

Other key dates include:
-Informational conference call: August 14, 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.

Apply Online:

Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist

6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509

Phone: (512) 437-5432
Toll Free: (800) 262-0334
Fax: (512) 437-5434

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas