The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Capacity Building Mini-Grants for Culturally Diverse Groups (RFA 2020-12). Through these grants, small culturally diverse grassroots groups will improve access to culturally competent services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The groups will either build their organizational capacity to become more established, expand and improve their existing efforts to impact more people in their communities, or both.
TCDD’s mission is to create change so that all people with developmental disabilities 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 be offered in a culturally appropriate manner to produce positive outcomes equal to those experienced by individuals who are Caucasian.
About the RFA
Through these grants, small culturally diverse grassroots groups will improve access to culturally competent services and supports for people with IDD. The groups will either build their organizational capacity to become more established, expand and improve their existing efforts to impact more people in their communities or both.
Below are TCDD’s intentions for these grants.
- Systems change: Projects will support people who are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and Native American to change the systems that provide services and supports for people with IDD so the systems serve all people in culturally responsive ways.
- Improved access: Projects will assist people who have IDD and are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native American to have better access to services and supports that meet their needs.
- Inform: Project findings will inform TCDD’s future advocacy work, long-range planning, and grant project development.
Projects that focus on building organizational capacity will result in the grantee becoming a more formal organization that has a mission, board of directors, strategic plan, etc. These grantees will become established organizations and improve their effectiveness so they can support more people.
Projects that focus on enhancing the grantee’s current activities will result in the grantee improving the information and services it provides, expanding its outreach efforts to serve more people, and developing new community partnerships.
All projects will work to reach out to, support, or address the needs of traditionally underrepresented or underserved populations from specific racial and/or cultural groups. Funds could be used to raise awareness about the group (the grantee), to get people involved in its mission, to host a training or event, to establish nonprofit status, and more.
These grants may only go to small grassroots groups that are made up largely of people from a certain racial or ethnic group and that work with people with IDD and families from the same racial or ethnic group. Grants may go to groups that consist of – and serve – people who are:
- black/African American,
- Asian, or
- Native American.
If the group wants to work with people who speak a language other than English, the members of the organization who have direct contact with the people being served must also speak that language well enough that interpreters are not required.
The funding amount for this RFA is $15,000 for up to 12 months. Funding is available for up to three projects.