RFA: Self-Advocacy Group Mini-Grants

RFA Local Self Advocacy Group Hero

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Self-Advocacy Group Mini-Grants (RFA 2020-04). Through these grants, local self-advocacy groups will build their organizational capacity and expand their impact. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.


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. This structure may include:

  • administrative support
  • partnership development
  • developing training programs, or
  • advocacy work.

As these local groups build activities and partnerships, they may be in a better position to apply for larger grants or projects.

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 workplan
  • 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 includes examples, but there may be other activities a group could consider. For this project, an application must include a self-advocacy group as the lead entity. A group may partner with an organization that 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. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.