The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for My Day, My Way Mini-Grants (RFA 2020-11). Organizations will develop innovative methods to support people with developmental disabilities (DD) to participate in community life according to their preferences. Projects will work to help people with DD find and keep the meaningful work they want and to have self-directed purposeful options for community engagement during the day when not working.
TCDD is committed to impacting the service delivery system in Texas so people with DD have an opportunity to develop natural connections in the community, be independent and socially engaged, and work in community-integrated jobs, whether paid or unpaid. People with DD would ideally have the opportunity to participate in the same meaningful activities that are available to the general population. With My Day, My Way Mini-Grants, people with DD will have input on how they spend their days and how they are included in their communities.
About the RFA
Projects can help organizations and service providers build their capacity to improve the way they support people with DD or how they provide their services. With these grants, organizations and providers will work to support more people with DD to get a job in their community and to have purposeful days when not working.
Service providers could improve the design and delivery of services related to daily activities so more people with DD have access to self-directed day activities, supports, and services. Service providers will explore, implement, and test methods designed to help people with DD participate in the activities of their choice.
Grantees may use funds to develop and/or pilot strategies that will improve existing program models that result in a person-directed meaningful day that incorporates an individual’s preferences for improved community access and integration. Grantees will document the development, implementation, barriers, and successes of their proposed ideas and activities. Also, individuals who are served through this project will be surveyed. Applications can include solutions to typical barriers, barriers that have developed due to the COVID-19 situation, or both.
The funding amount for this RFA is $15,000 for up to 12 months. Funding is available for up to 10 projects.