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Leadership and Advocacy Training by a Local Self-Advocacy Organization

Grant to a Texas Nonprofit for Leadership
Development for Individuals with Disabilities

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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03/27/20 1:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grant to a Texas nonprofit organization for advocacy skills training and leadership development programs benefitting individuals with disabilities, their family members, and community members. Priority will be given to applicants in underserved or rural areas of the state.

Funding is available for one local self-advocacy organization to provide leadership and advocacy skills training. Self-advocates will take the lead and conduct the training, but training participants may include people with disabilities, students with developmental disabilities (DD), people living in institutions, family members of people with disabilities, and other community members. People who participate in the training will become active in creating change in their communities.

TCDD’s state plan includes objectives to provide leadership and advocacy skills to support people in creating systems change. Providing this type of training to self-advocates promotes:

  • Personal independence,
  • Self-determination, and
  • Greater inclusion in community life for people with disabilities.

TCDD has funded multiple statewide and local leadership and advocacy skills training projects. This RFA supports self-advocacy organizations at the local level to build on their community activities. In addition, this project is intended to support self-advocates to develop their skills, participate in local self-advocacy groups and partnerships, and to become more visible leaders in their communities.

The Leadership and Advocacy Training by a Local Self-Advocacy Organization project will have self-advocates in leadership positions for project development, coordination, curriculum choices, and implementation. Self-advocates will provide leadership and advocacy training to people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and other community members.

Project staff will determine how the curriculum will be used and how training will be provided. Training must include:

  • History and philosophy of the disability rights movement;
  • Principles of self-determination;
  • Strategies to find and access necessary services and supports;
  • Activities to develop self-advocacy skills; and
  • Activities to promote interaction between participants and peer support.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183039

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The funding amount for this RFA is open-ended based on activities proposed, but funding for typical TCDD projects that address leadership and advocacy range from $25,000 to $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The maximum project duration is five years.

Organizations that are awarded funding must apply for continuation funding each year. Continuation funding will not exceed the maximum per-year funding amount stated in the RFA.

Continuation funding is not automatic and TCDD may choose not to award continuation grants. Continuation proposals are generally due approximately three months before the end of the grant year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for this RFA are limited to local self-advocacy groups and organizations; however, applicants that do not have the capacity to receive funds can partner with organizations that can perform fiscal and administrative functions. Regardless of the involvement of a partner organization, self-advocates will take the lead on the project and conduct the training.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold a webinar to provide more information about TCDD’s processes for proposal review and grant award. Attendance is not required in order to apply. The informational webinar will be held at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

To register for the webinar, contact the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due to TCDD by 1 p.m. Central Time (CT) on Friday, March 27, 2020. Late proposals will not be accepted. TCDD will notify applicants about decisions following TCDD’s May 2020 Council Meeting. Review dates are subject to change.

Email all questions regarding this RFA by 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The estimated date for posting questions and answers for this RFA is Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Non-federal matching funds of at least 10% of the total project costs are required for projects in federally designated poverty areas. Non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of total project costs are required for projects in other areas.

TCDD uses an online application tool called SMApply to accept applications for RFAs.

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