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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Businesses, IHEs, Agencies, and Faith-Based
Organizations to Enhance the Lives of Individuals with I/DD

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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10/26/18 5:00 PM CT


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Grants to Texas nonprofits, government agencies, IHEs, technical and professional schools, faith-based institutions, and businesses for new projects that enhance the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD). Proposals may address issues that are at the local, regional, and/or statewide level.

About the RFP

The intent of this RFP is to develop new initiatives that will ultimately improve the lives of Texans with I/DD. Organizations that are awarded funding through this RFP will have an opportunity to utilize their expertise to identify an issue and propose innovative strategies that address the issue. The issue could be at the local, regional, and/or statewide level. The strategies could also focus on addressing the needs of people with I/DD who are typically unserved or underserved.

Funding is intended to support up to three field-initiated projects that are consistent with TCDD's mission "to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives."

Organizations that apply will identify the goal of their project and clearly define the strategies that will be used to achieve the goal. Below is a list of examples for potential project goals:

- Develop, pilot, and/or demonstrate promising or best practices in services and supports
- Develop, pilot, and/or demonstrate ways to promote community inclusion
- Address public policy issues
- Develop the capacity of communities to support and include people with I/DD
- Promote advocacy and self-advocacy

The list above is not comprehensive and organizations are encouraged to propose their own innovative goals and strategies.

New Initiatives projects proposed to TCDD in the past were related to employment; long-term services and supports; inclusive childcare; early childhood intervention; education; alternatives to guardianship; housing; culturally competent leadership and advocacy training; accessible website design; dentistry; education of medical personnel; establishment of mentoring programs; creation of exercise programs; recreation; and development of a family support network. Some of these were funded as submitted, and others may have been developed into projects funded at a later date through a competitive RFP.

TCDD may give priority to proposals that address the needs of people who are unserved or underserved. This may include, but is not limited to:

- People living in rural areas,
- People living in poverty,
- People of color, and
- People with limited English proficiency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184219

Number of Grants:

Up to 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

TCDD may award a maximum of $100,000 per year, per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be for up to four years.

The start date for funding is April 1, 2019 and the end date is March 31, 2023.

TCDD does not plan to provide funding for these projects beyond four years. TCDD does not automatically continue funding each year and may terminate funds prior to the end date in this RFP.

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.

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.

TCDD funds may not pay for the following for this project:

- Ongoing direct services to people with developmental disabilities unless those services:

- Are part of a demonstration or pilot project, and/or
- Relate to providing training that will enable people with developmental disabilities and/or families of people with developmental disabilities to be stronger advocates, to be more independent, or to better able to take control over their own lives;

- Capital expenses (an amount spent to acquire or improve a long-term asset such as equipment or buildings);
- To make architectural modifications; nor
- Other items that are considered not allowable per the Uniform Grants Manual. For your reference, these items can be found in the Uniform Grants Manual Section 45 CFR 75.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Conference Call: September 20, 2018

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: September 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM CST. To participate:

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

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to Submit Questions: September 28, 2018

Submit all questions about the RFP or application by email to Danny Fikac by 5:00 PM Central Time on September 28, 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 October 2, 2018.

Proposals must be received by 5 PM Central Time on Friday October 26, 2018. TCDD may post this Request for Proposals (RFP) up to four times per year, depending on the availability of funds for these types of projects.

TCDD will notify proposers about funding decisions by February 28, 2019.

If your proposal is not selected, you may re-submit the same proposal or a new proposal for consideration at a later date.

You may apply if you have previously received a New Initiatives grant, but no earlier than one year after the end of the previous TCDD New Initiatives grant.

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.

Match Amount:

- 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.


Contact Information:

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

Online application:

If you have questions after reading this RFP, contact Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist, at or at 512-437-5415.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas