Capacity Building Mini-Grants: Self-Advocacy Groups

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Capacity Building Mini-Grants for Self-Advocacy Groups (RFA 2020-13). Through these grants, local self-advocacy groups will build their organizational capacity and expand their impact.


TCDD is dedicated to supporting self-advocacy in Texas. However, some self-advocacy groups in the state are small and/or in the early stages of development. These smaller or newer groups may need greater organizational structure in order to have a greater impact in the community and support their members to live independent and productive lives.

About the RFA

Through these grants, local self-advocacy groups will build their organizational capacity to become more established in their communities, create partnerships, and conduct formal activities. As a result of project activities, organizations will be able to expand their role and impact.

Example 1: New Group
If a group meets on a semi-regular basis but has not been formalized in any way, the group could take steps to become a formal organization with a mission, a governing body, and members.

Example 2: Expanding Impact
If a self-advocacy organization already exists but does not have the capacity to achieve its mission, the group could work with an expert to learn how to be a more effective and established organization.

Activities that could help a group build organizational capacity could include the following:

  • Establishing a partnership with another organization in the community that can receive and disburse funds
  • Working with a financial advisor to coordinate the group’s budget and finances
  • Filing for and securing 501(c)(3), or nonprofit, status
  • Paying staff to assist with administrative activities
  • Developing organizational policies and procedures
  • Working with a strategic planner to develop the group’s advocacy goals and work plan
  • Developing an outreach and recruitment plan for membership
  • Purchasing an advocacy and leadership training curriculum for existing and new members
  • Participating in training related to grant writing and/or project management

The above list are examples only and there may be other activities a group could consider. For this project, the applications must include a self-advocacy group as the lead entity and may partner with an organization who can apply to receive and disburse funds, if needed. Priority will be given to groups located in rural and/or underserved areas of the state.

The funding amount for this RFA is $15,000 for up to 12 months. Funding is available for up to 10 projects.