RFP: Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund an Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals project. The project will develop the next generation of leaders who work in the fields that serve or fund services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The professionals who participate in the program will gain knowledge and develop skills so they can positively impact the services and supports systems used by Texans with I/DD. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 2, 2018.


The demographic trends related to the current and future availability of informed and effective leaders in the developmental disability field are troublesome. In the next five years, some agencies expect an exit of over 60% of its organizational leadership in the I/DD field.

Agencies providing services to people with I/DD could benefit from engaging in activities to actively identify and train potential new leaders from within their ranks and/or support and develop management teams to become more effective I/DD leaders in the future. The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has noted a significant gap at the executive level in training programs on leadership and management in the I/DD field.

The long-term system of services and supports is complex and the rules change frequently. Similarly, there are many best practices for promoting self-determination among individuals with I/DD. Thus, ongoing continuing education and training is essential for leaders in this field. The role of such advanced training programs is to foster an organizational culture that promotes innovation and measurable outcomes within agency programs and ensures that services and supports delivered to individuals with I/DD and families best meets their needs. Agencies who participate in this type of initiative demonstrate a commitment to their own workforce and to the inclusion of individuals with I/DD in their communities.

About the RFP

TCDD expects the project to support emerging and existing professionals who work in the field of I/DD so they develop advanced knowledge and skills needed to have a significant impact on the way Texas supports individuals with I/DD. The project will include follow-up to show that the professionals trained through this project are part of a pool of leaders who improved their skills, knowledge, and abilities to impact meaningful changes in their organization and/or across the state. Trainees will also work to:

  • Increase their commitment to self-direction and full participation of individuals with I/DD;
  • Improve the effectiveness and integration in the delivery of services and supports;
  • Better communicate with other key decision-makers at the state and local levels; and
  • more.

Emerging and existing leaders from the disability community, as well as professionals from non-disability organizations that support or pay for services that support people with disabilities, will be selected to participate in the program. The training curriculum must include the components listed below:

  • History and current I/DD service delivery system in Texas
  • Principles of self-determination and person-directed practices
  • Public policy issues that impact the delivery of services and supports for individuals with I/DD
  • Promoting positive values and a culture of acceptance for individuals with I/DD
  • Individual leadership principles
  • Creating networks within and across agencies and organizations to support individuals with I/DD

Training may be delivered using existing programs or by developing a new curriculum.


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
  • 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.

Grant Funds Available

TCDD has made available up to $150,000 per year, for up to five years, for one organization. Funding for the second through fifth years is not automatic.

Key Dates

Proposals are due to TCDD by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, November 2, 2018. Late proposals will not be accepted. Other key dates include:

  • Informational conference call: October 15, 2018
  • Deadline to submit questions: October 18, 2018
  • Award notification: February 28, 2019 (this date may change)
  • Project start date: April 1, 2019 (this date may change)

Learn More and Submit a Proposal

For more information, the complete RFP is available on the DD Suite website. Proposals for this RFP and all forms must be submitted using DD Suite.