TCDD Announces Funding Available

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) has issued Requests for Applications (RFA) for four new grant opportunities. Through these grants, organizations will create new opportunities for inclusion, training, and cultural understanding for people with developmental disabilities (DD) in their communities. The deadline to apply for all four RFAs is 11:59 p.m. (CT) on Aug. 26, 2022.  You can learn more about these RFAs on the TCDD Funding Available page and find details on how to apply for them. 

Disability Cultural Humility Training for Elected Officials

TCDD has funding available for one project to develop a training program for elected officials in Texas to better understand people with disabilities. Texas officials, whether directly or indirectly, work with people with disabilities on a regular basis. The term “humility” acknowledges that achieving expertise in something may be an unrealistic goal, and people should focus more on ongoing learning and growth in areas where they lack experience.  To increase the cultural humility of elected officials and their staff, the project will develop informational videos and materials and a comprehensive yet approachable training program. TCDD highly recommends that the project covers topics such as disability definitions, ableism, disability etiquette, and intersectionality. The training program should also include guidance on how elected officials should engage self-advocates and family members in the policymaking process.   TCDD has approved funding for up to $150,000 per year for up to five years. Funding is available for one project. Learn more and apply.  

Self-Advocates in Participatory Action Research

Funding is available to develop Participatory Action Research projects for people with disabilities. Participatory Action Research is a research model that promotes an equal relationship between research coordinators and research participants by actively including community members in project development and implementation. It focuses less on doing research for the community, and more on doing research with the community.  

To equip people with disabilities to be active in participatory action research, grantees will develop curricula and train members of the disability community. All projects must focus on enhancing self-advocate opportunities to have a voice in research about disability issues and increasing connections between researchers and the community. Projects should strive to make all training programs replicable and to educate broader research networks on the value and importance of including the voices of people with disabilities in relevant research projects. 

TCDD has approved funding for $150,000 per year, per project, for up to three years. There is funding available for up to two Participatory Action Research projects. Learn more and apply.  

Civic Engagement for People with Disabilities

TCDD has funding available to develop a civic engagement training program for people with disabilities. Civic engagement is defined as the activities that individuals can engage in to make a difference in their community and develop a combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation. Civic engagement by people with DD benefits society by creating responsive policies and programs that include the experiences and expertise of people who are directly impacted. By bringing the perspectives and experiences of individuals with disabilities into the system of services and supports,  policies can become more creative, flexible, and sustainable for the future.  Programs must incorporate disability issues and language that reflect disability culture and strategies for participants to connect with peers, civic organizations, the media, and elected officials. Outreach and recruitment methods should focus on increasing the number of individuals with disabilities who participate in training programs to enhance opportunities for self-advocates to become leaders in our communities.     The total funding amount is up to $100,000 per year for up to two years for one project. Learn more and apply.

Treatment for Substance-Use Disorder

Funding is available to promote statewide capacity building and systems change improvements in the prevention, identification, and treatment of substance-use disorder among individuals with DD. The co-occurrence of substance-use disorder and DD can present diagnostic and treatment challenges. TCDD recognizes that systems improvement in multiple areas is needed to help individuals with DD experiencing substance-use disorder. The Council may choose to fund one or multiple projects across the following areas of need: 
  • Test models to improve the quality of substance-use disorder services for people with DD 
  • Test models to expand access to substance-use disorder health services 
Projects should include the development of training modules on substance-use disorder for the use of providers specializing in DD as well as modules on DD for the training of substance-use disorder professionals. TCDD has approved funding for up to $150,000 per project, per year, for up to three projects. Learn more and apply 

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted through SM Apply. To learn more about TCDD’s RFAs, including the application process and what is required of grantees, visit the How to Apply webpage.