The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) works to create change so that people with developmental disabilities (DD) can be independent, productive, and fully integrated into their communities. Each year, TCDD funds approximately 25 grants across the state in areas such as education, employment, transportation, leadership and advocacy, asset building, cultural competency, and long-term services and supports. Grants include demonstration projects that test new ideas and build the capacity of local communities to support people with disabilities. Projects also focus on technical assistance to service providers and agencies, and training for people with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves. When funds are available, TCDD issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) and publishes the RFP on our website at www.tcdd.texas.gov. TCDD is currently accepting proposals for the RFPs listed below.
RFP: DD Policy Fellows
TCDD will fund up to two Texas organizations to hire and support a full-time TCDD Policy Fellow. Fellows will develop a deep understanding of policy affecting people with DD and also build skills to promote self-determination and self-advocacy. TCDD may award up to $67,500 per year, per organization, for up to two years. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 7, 2017.
RFP: Texas Sibling Network
TCDD will fund one project to establish a sustainable Texas Statewide Sibling Network. The Network will increase opportunities for siblings of people with DD living in Texas to learn about disability-related issues, develop leadership and advocacy skills, and receive support when advocating for themselves and their siblings. TCDD may award a maximum of $85,000 per year for up to 5 years. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 14, 2017.
RFP: Outreach & Development
TCDD’s Outreach and Development grants are intended to help small grassroots organizations become more established to support people in their communities. Organizations must consist primarily of people who belong to specific racial or ethnic groups and provide services and supports to people with disabilities who are of the same race or ethnicity. Grant projects will work to reach out to, support, or address the needs of traditionally under-represented or underserved populations from specific racial and/or cultural groups. Funds could be used to raise awareness about the organization, to get people involved in your mission, to host a training or event, to establish nonprofit status, and more. TCDD expects to award up to three $10,000 grants per year, each lasting up to 12 months. You may be eligible to apply for a grant for a second year for up to $20,000 after completing your project if you have met certain requirements. There is no deadline to submit a proposal.
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