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Community Inclusion Mini-Grants

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Schools, and
Businesses to Improve Access to Activities and Services for All

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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03/31/20 1:00 PM Central Time (CT)


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, faith-based institutions, schools, and businesses to increase participation in community activities for people with disabilities. Funding is intended for projects that remove barriers to participation and improve access to employment, education, and social opportunities.

Through these grants, organizations will create opportunities and address barriers so people with disabilities can experience full community inclusion.

To foster increased community inclusion, projects may replicate an existing best practice or develop a unique and innovative idea.

Projects will identify and address barriers to full community inclusion faced by people with disabilities in their community. Full community inclusion is defined as participating in education, employment, and social activities in the community alongside both people with and without disabilities. Ultimately, the goal of Community Inclusion Mini-Grants is to produce short- and/or long-term systems change.

To address the barrier, projects may either replicate best practices or develop unique and innovative ideas. At the conclusion of the project, grantees will be able to clearly demonstrate how the barrier was addressed and how community inclusion has improved.

Below are examples of projects that could improve community inclusion.

  • Awareness: Conduct an awareness campaign about developmental disabilities and how the community is stronger when people of all abilities are included.
  • Employment: Collaborate with local employers to promote hiring people with disabilities for community-integrated jobs at a competitive wage.
  • Education: Work with parents and teachers to promote greater inclusion in school activities.
  • Socializing: Work with community members and local leaders to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to access public spaces and/or events.
  • Transportation: Work with the local transit authority and transportation providers to develop models that increase the accessibility and availability of transportation options.

The above list is not exhaustive and there may be other project activities to consider. Projects should have an impact beyond the duration of grant funding, both by the direct impact they’ve had at the local level and through potential replication by other communities and/or implementation by larger organizations. Preference will be given to new and innovative project ideas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188405

Number of Grants:

Funding is available for up to 10 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding amount for this RFA is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Up to 12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in the RFA may apply. Types of organizations could include:
- Government agencies
- Nonprofits
- Colleges and universities
- Faith-based institutions
- Technical and/or professional schools, and for-profit businesses

The organization that applies for a grant must administer the grant and receive, disburse, and account for grant funds.

Individuals may not apply for a grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold a webinar to provide more information about TCDD’s processes for application review and grant award. Attendance is not required in order to apply. The informational webinar will be held at 1 p.m. CT on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due to TCDD by 1:00 PM Central Time (CT) on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Late applications 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 by 5:00 PM CT on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The estimated date for posting questions and answers for this RFA is Monday, March 23, 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.

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

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For questions, contact:

6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509
Phone: (512) 437-5432
Toll Free: (800) 262-0334
Fax: (512) 437-5434

Joshua Ryf
Communications Director
(512) 437-5441

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