RFP to Establish Texas Statewide Sibling Network

Request for Proposals for Siblings Network Grant Project

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund one project to establish a sustainable Texas Statewide Sibling Network. The Network will increase opportunities for siblings of people with developmental disabilities (DD) living in Texas to learn about disability-related issues, develop leadership and advocacy skills, and receive support when advocating for themselves and their siblings. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 14, 2017.

The sibling relationship is long-lasting and provides a great opportunity for mutual support and care. However, the experiences, perceptions, and needs of teen and adult siblings of people with DD are often not acknowledged within our existing support system. And, compared to what is available for parents, there is a gap in formal support opportunities for teens and adult siblings living in Texas.

Siblings often support individuals with DD throughout their lives and can assist their sibling to advocate for themselves and, if needed, may advocate for them. Siblings may need specific information about their sibling’s disability and its implications; information about available services, including long-term services and supports; and education and training to effectively advocate for their sibling and to support their sibling to be self-advocates.

Additionally, siblings have the opportunity to shape policy change. As people with DD begin to outlive their parents, systems need to be modified to ensure that siblings are included in planning earlier and to the degree desired. Siblings therefore have a vested interest in the design and portability of benefits. Those who understand person-centered thinking, best practices related to the provision of services, and the long-term services and supports system, are better able to support their sibling and to be more effective advocates for their siblings and others.

About the RFP
TCDD hopes to fund one project for up to five years to establish a sustainable Texas Statewide Sibling Network that meets the needs of older teen and adult siblings of individuals with DD. The Network must be responsive to the different cultural values and customs that exist in Texas and include geographically, racially, and linguistically diverse groups of siblings.

The Network’s activities should reflect the needs and preferences of the members and may include, but is not limited to, activities such as:

  • Assisting siblings to understand current and future needs to better support their sibling;

  • Providing disability-related education, including the history of the disability rights movement;

  • Conducting forums to share information or to provide support;

  • Educating and providing training on available services and various types of support, including accessing and managing Medicaid Waiver services; and/or

  • Training and supporting siblings to participate in public policy advocacy opportunities.

Public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, secondary schools and post-secondary institutions, faith-based institutions, and for-profit businesses may apply. Individuals may not apply for this grant.

Grant Funds Available
TCDD may award a maximum of $85,000 per year for up to 5 years. Funding for the second through fifth years is not automatic.

Key Dates
Proposals are due to TCDD by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Late proposals will not be accepted. TCDD will notify proposers of decisions within 30 days following TCDD’s August 2017 Council Meeting. The earliest expected project start date is October 2, 2017 (this date may change).

More Information & Submitting a Proposal
For more information, the complete RFP is available on the Notice of Funds Available TCDD 2017–2 — Texas Statewide Sibling Network webpage on the DD Suite website. Proposals for this RFP and all forms must be submitted using DD Suite.

If you have questions after reviewing the complete RFP, email Joanna Cordry, Planning Director, or call her at 512–437–5410.