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Meaningful Day Mini-Grants

Grants to Texas Service Providers to Improve Access to
Activities and Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

Conf. Date:

02/24/20

Deadline Date:

03/31/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Texas service providers for programs and activities that benefit individuals with disabilities. Funding is intended to enhance services, support programs, and increase work opportunities. Priority may be given to proposals that address the needs of people who are unserved or underserved, including people living in rural areas; people with income below the poverty line; people of color; and people with limited English proficiency. Medicaid Waiver service providers are the primary audience for this RFP.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is committed to impact the service delivery system in Texas so people with disabilities 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. 

“Meaningful Day” can be defined as providing the services and supports necessary so people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the same activities that are available to the general population. The term “day” does not exclusively denote activities that happen on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Activities that could be considered “meaningful” include:

  • Purposeful and personally-impactful work;
  • The pursuit of healthy living, focusing on personal development, and developing real relationships; or
  • Skill development and/or maintenance.

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. All grant recipients will be required to participate in a collaborative learning community to share their work, including barriers and successes, to improve person-centered outcomes and to provide peer support to future grantees. Project Outcomes will include at least one of the following:

  • Increase the number of people employed in community jobs of their choice or increase the number of hours a person in a community job works.
  • For individuals already employed, improve the supports, services, and satisfaction related to the employment.
  • Increase the number of people participating in the inclusive community activities of their choice when they are not working.

For  information about activities that might be funded under this grants, see: https://tcdd.texas.gov/meaningful-day-mini-grants-3/#Outputs_and_Outcomes

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186678

Number of Grants:

Up to 10 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $15,000 per project

Term of Contract:

One year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Texas Medicaid Waiver service providers are the primary audience for this RFP.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold a webinar to provide more information about TCDD’s processes for proposal review and grant award. Applicants are not required to attend the webinar in order to be considered for funding.

The webinar will be held at 2 p.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. To register, contact Scott Daigle.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines to apply are March 31, 2020, for consideration in May 2020; and June 30, 2020, for consideration in August 2020.

The deadline to submit questions about the RFP or application is 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Questions should be submitted via email to Scott Daigle.

FAQ: https://tcdd.texas.gov/grants-rfas/rfa-frequently-asked-questions/

Previous webinar slides: https://www.slideshare.net/TCDD/meaningful-day-minigrants-webinar-october-2019/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to: grants2@tcdd.texas.gov

Or fax to (512) 437-5434
Attention: Scott Daigle (Meaningful Day)

RSVP to information sessions and direct questions to Scott Daigle at the email address above.

TCDD
6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509
Phone: (512) 437-5432
Toll Free: (800) 262-0334
email: tcdd@tcdd.texas.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas

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