Outreach and Development Mini-Grants

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Outreach and Development grants are intended to help small grassroots organizations become more established to support people in their communities. Organizations must consist primarily of people who belong to specific racial or ethnic groups and provide services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are of the same race or ethnicity. Grant projects will work to reach out to, support, or address the needs of traditionally under-represented or underserved populations from specific racial and/or cultural groups. Funds could be used to raise awareness about the organization, to get people involved in your mission, to host a training or event, to establish nonprofit status, and more.


The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) announces the availability of funds for groups of people who belong to traditionally underserved racial or ethnic groups and who are providing services and supports to people with I/DD of the same race or ethnicity. Groups applying for these grants focus on improving access to culturally competent supports and services. These grants may only go to groups that are one of the following:

  • A group of people who are black/African American who are working with individuals and/or families who are black/African American and of a similar culture.
  • A group of people who are Hispanic/Latino who are working with individuals and/or families who are Hispanic/Latino and of a similar culture.
  • A group of people who are Asian who are working with individuals and/or families who are Asian and of a similar culture.
  • A group of people who are Native American who are working with individuals and/or families who are Native American and of a similar culture.

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.


TCDD expects to award up to three $10,000 grants per year, 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. No more than two $20,000 grants will be awarded each year.

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. Groups may apply for only one of the $10,000 grants and one of the $20,000 grants.


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, and that the services and supports that are available may not be offered in a culturally acceptable manner to produce positive outcomes equal to those experienced by individuals who are Caucasian.

TCDD’s purpose in offering these grants is:

  • 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 I/DD so they may serve all people in culturally responsive ways;
  • To assist people who have I/DD and are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native American to have better access to services and supports that meet their needs; and
  • To inform TCDD’s future advocacy work, long range planning, and grant project development.

Grant Requirements

You must:

  • Meet the criteria noted in the Introduction above.
  • Hold public meetings at least once every three months and write a short summary about the needs/values of your members who have I/DD.
  • Allow TCDD staff to attend at least one meeting to hear directly from members/participants.
  • Pay travel expenses for at least one person representing the group to speak to the TCDD Council members at a meeting. These are usually held in Austin.
  • Give ideas for actions to increase the diversity of the people who work with TCDD.
  • Work to make positive changes that will help people with I/DD to have more control over their lives.
  • Provide contact information for people who are interested in further developing their leadership skills, taking active roles in public policy advocacy, and/or applying to serve as a TCDD Council member.


TCDD funds MAY NOT be used for lobbying activities, to buy land or vehicles, for construction, to promote religion or for direct services.

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

  • Connect with other members of the cultural group to provide information or learn needs.
  • 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 I/DD.
  • Translate materials.
  • Hold a resource fair or conference.
  • Establish non-profit status for a group.

These are just examples; please call or email TCDD staff if you have questions.

Money available for these grants is provided to TCDD by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Terms Required of Applicants

  • You must report progress to TCDD using TCDD forms.
  • You must tell TCDD if you have any conflicts of interest with Council members and/or staff.
  • TCDD must approve anything written that you create with this grant BEFORE you may send it out.
  • Your grant applications and ideas may be shared with the public, if requested. You can read about the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 in the “2016 Public Information Act Handbook” PDF on the Open Government and Related Publications on The Attorney General of Texas’ website.

Application Review

Only five Outreach and Development projects may be active at any one time unless the Council approves an exception. The Council’s timeline for reviewing applications depends on whether grant funds are available and if there are five projects currently funded. Applications will be reviewed by staff to determine if they meet the requirements. Those meeting requirements will be reviewed by the TCDD Executive Committee at the Council’s quarterly meeting according to this schedule:

  • Applications received between January 1 and March 31 may be reviewed at the May meeting.
  • Applications received between April 1 and June 30 may be reviewed at the August meeting.
  • Applications received between July 1 and September 14 may be reviewed at the November meeting.
  • Applications received between September 15 and December 31 may be reviewed at the February meeting.

TCDD can decide NOT to fund any application.

Please note that the review dates provided above are the earliest meeting dates during which the applications may be reviewed. If necessary, the review of applications may be postponed until a later meeting.

For More Information

For more information, or if you need help completing the application, email grants@tcdd.texas.gov or call us at 512-437-5432.

You may also call TCDD’s toll-free number: 1-800-262-0334.

Completed Applications

Submit completed applications by:

  • Email: grants@tcdd.texas.gov
  • Or
  • Mail:
    Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
    c/o Planning Staff (O&D)
    6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
    Austin, TX 78741-7509
  • Or
  • Fax: Attention: Planning Staff (O&D)

Application Packet for $10,000 Grant

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