The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Community Inclusion Mini-Grants (RFA 2020-10). Through these grants, organizations will create opportunities and address barriers so people with disabilities can experience full community life.
TCDD works to create change so people with disabilities can achieve their potential for independence and be included in their communities. When people with disabilities are included in school, work, and social activities, individuals have a higher quality of life and communities are stronger. However, many people with disabilities in Texas don’t experience full community inclusion. Barriers to inclusion could be due to a lack of available services or due to how the community addresses disability-related issues.
About the RFA
Projects will address barriers to, and identify opportunities for, full community inclusion for people with disabilities in their community. Full community inclusion is defined as participating in education, employment, and social activities in the community alongside both people with and without disabilities. Ultimately, the goal of Community Inclusion Mini-Grants is to produce short- and/or long-term systems change.
Projects can include solutions to typical barriers, barriers that have developed due to the COVID-19 situation, or both. To address the barrier, projects may either replicate best practices or develop unique and innovative ideas. At the conclusion of the project, grantees will be able to clearly demonstrate how the barrier was addressed and how community inclusion has improved.
Below are examples of projects that could improve community inclusion.
- Awareness: Conduct an awareness campaign about developmental disabilities and how the community is stronger when people of all abilities are included.
- Transportation: Work with the local transit authority and transportation providers to develop models that increase the accessibility and availability of transportation options.
- Employment: Collaborate with local employers to promote hiring people with disabilities for community-integrated jobs at a competitive wage.
- Education: Work with parents and teachers to promote greater inclusion in school activities.
- Socializing: Work with community members and local leaders to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to access community groups, and/or events.
The above list is not exhaustive and there may be other project activities to consider. Projects should have an impact beyond the duration of grant funding, both by the direct impact they’ve had at the local level and through potential replication by other communities and/or implementation by larger organizations. Preference will be given to new and innovative project ideas.
The funding amount for this RFA is $15,000 for up to 12 months. Funding is available for up to 10 projects.