About TCDD’s Unsolicited Ideas Process
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities welcomes creative ideas to address the Goals and Objectives in the TCDD State Plan. Organizations or individuals may submit ideas at any time. A subcommittee of the Council will review these at least twice a year and may recommend developing the idea into specific activities that may be implemented through:
- a grant awarded through a competitive Request for Proposals process;
- adding to or changing the activities of a current project;
- contracting with an individual, organization, or agency;
- adding to or changing TCDD staff activities; or
- another appropriate mechanism.
TCDD prefers ideas or activities that are likely to create lasting change or to establish programs that will continue to exist after the Council’s financial support ends. TCDD no longer accepts requests for funding for a specific project or activity except those in response to Requests for Proposals.
The Council typically does not fund
- operational costs for existing programs;
- start-up costs for new businesses or organizations;
- buildings, vehicles, or large equipment (such as playground equipment);
- programs that are not fully inclusive (such as centers specifically for people with disabilities);
- direct support services; or
- therapy or treatment (including hippotherapy or creative and expressive arts therapies).