Stipend Applications Now Open

Increasing Community-Based Access to Vaccines


The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) announces the availability of funds for organizations (public, private, nonprofit, or academic) to increase the number of people who have access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Groups that will be included in project activities include individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, caregivers, and direct-support professionals. The funding amount for these stipends is up to $15,000. Stipends will be awarded as funding is available. No stipends will be awarded after Sept. 30, 2022.

Activities & Outcomes

TCDD stipends will support organizations to provide education and help reduce barriers to vaccinations. Outcomes will be achieved through activities in any of the following areas:
  • education about the importance of receiving a vaccine;
  • helping with scheduling a vaccine appointment;
  • arranging and providing accessible transportation;
  • providing companion and personal support;
  • identifying people unable to independently travel to a vaccination site; and
  • providing technical assistance to local health departments on vaccine accessibility.
Organizations are encouraged to submit innovative ideas in the above categories that meet the needs of their community in order to reduce barriers to vaccinations among individuals with disabilities.


Organizations that receive stipends must develop a methodology to track how their activities led to access to vaccination. This would include collecting emails, phone numbers, and other methods to follow up with individuals who receive information, education, transportation to a clinic, arranging for in-home vaccination, and other assistance in getting a vaccine.

Stipend Award & Term

The anticipated total amount of federal funding available for each stipend is up to $15,000. At the sole discretion of TCDD and contingent on achieved outcomes and the continued availability of funds, organizations may apply for more than one stipend. No stipends will be awarded after Sept. 30, 2022. Organizational match funds are not required. TCDD has available funding provided by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed upon submission. TCDD will notify applicants about decisions within 10 business days. Review dates are subject to change. Email all questions regarding this stipend to apply@tcdd.texas.gov.

How to Apply

  1. Please complete the Vaccine Access Stipend Application.
  2. See examples of how stipend funds may be used by reading the Vaccine Stipend Sample Activities.
  3. Please review and complete the Assurances Agreement.