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RFP Projects to Improve Access to Culturally Competent Supports and Services

 

Request for Proposals for Outreach and Development Grant Projects with a globe icon
Grants will support people to change systems and to have better access to services and supports.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund up to three Outreach & Development projects that will focus on improving access to culturally competent supports and services for people with disabilities. Funds will be awarded to organizations comprised of people who belong to specific racial or ethnic groups and who are providing certain types of services and supports to people with disabilities of the same race or ethnicity.

Background
TCDD’s mission is to create change so that all people with developmental disabilities (DD) are fully included in their communities. Information from health, education, and social service agencies shows that people who are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian or Native American are often less likely to receive the services and supports they need to be fully included in their communities. Also, the services and supports that are available may not provide positive outcomes equal to those experienced by individuals who are Caucasian.

TCDD’s purpose in offering these grants:

  • Systems Change: To support people who are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and Native American to change the systems that provide supports and services for people with DD so they may serve all people in culturally responsive ways.

  • Improve Access to Services and Supports: To assist people who have DD and are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native American to have better access to services and supports that meet their needs.

  • Advocacy: To inform TCDD’s future advocacy work, long-range planning, and grant project development.

About the RFP
Funds will be awarded to organizations made up of people who belong to specific racial or ethnic groups and who are providing certain types of services and supports to people with disabilities of the same race or ethnicity. Projects will focus on improving access to culturally competent supports and services. These grants may only go to groups that are (A) black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native American, and (B) working with individuals and/or families who are of a similar culture.

Examples of activities that might be funded under this grant are:

  • Make fliers or brochures to advertise your group.
  • Recruit new members or train volunteers.
  • Teach other organizations about your culture.
  • Pay for speakers to provide training or information.
  • Hold culturally appropriate advocacy training.
  • Pay for training and help for your board to reach an identified goal related to supporting people with disabilities.
  • Translate materials.
  • Hold a resource fair or conference.
  • Establish non-profit status for a group.

Funding
TCDD expects to award up to three $10,000 grants, 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.

Eligibility
Grants may be given only to organizations that have a Tax ID number. If you do not have a Tax ID number, you may partner with an organization that does. Individuals are not eligible to receive a TCDD grant award.

Key Dates
Applications received between September 15 and December 31 that meet minimum requirements may be reviewed by the TCDD Executive Committee at the Council’s quarterly meeting in February 2017.

More Information and Application
For more information, including the application packet and how to apply, visit the Outreach and Development RFP page.

 

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