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IHEs for Training Programs that Benefit People with Disabilities

Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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Deadline Date:

05/27/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Texas nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, faith-based entities, schools, and academic institutions to conduct disability-related training sessions in rural areas. Funding is intended for training that benefits people with a wide range of disabilities, their relatives, and local community members. The goal of the grant program is to advance opportunities for more people with developmental disabilities (DD), their families, and other professionals to become skilled disability advocates and leaders in rural communities across Texas.

The state needs more leadership and advocacy training programs that are developed to support people in rural areas; to support people in areas with high rates of poverty; and to recruit and provide culturally appropriate training to those who are African American, Latino and Latina, Native American, or Asian.

Through this RFA, grantees will provide leadership development and advocacy skills training for at least 30 people each year. Grantees may use existing curricula or develop unique programs based on local or organizational needs. All curricula must be reviewed and approved by TCDD.

Examples of training topics include:

  • History of the disability rights movement and civil rights
  • Principles of self-determination
  • Strategies to find and access necessary services and supports
  • Development of individual leadership and self-advocacy skills including public speaking and storytelling
  • Activities to promote peer support
  • Activities to provide input on public policy and legislative initiatives
  • Training to support involvement in workgroups, boards, and commissions at the local, state, and national levels. 

To maximize these skills, individuals with DD should have opportunities to use self-advocacy skills in service planning discussions and conversations with policy decision-makers.

For more information see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202510

Number of Grants:

Up to four

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000

Term of Contract:

Five years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of organizations could include:
- Government agencies,
- Nonprofits,
- Colleges and universities,
- Faith-based institutions,
- Technical and professional schools, or
- For-profit businesses.

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

Organizations with a previous TCDD grant for Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas are not eligible to apply.

Individuals may not apply for a grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will host a webinar at 10 a.m. CT on May 12, 2022, to provide more information about the RFA and the application and review process. Attendance is not required to apply.

Please register for the webinar before attending:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for this RFA is 11:59 p.m. CT on May 27, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications submitted by the deadline may be reviewed at TCDD’s August 2022 Council meeting.

The estimated date for posting questions and answers is May 20, 2022.

For projects in federally designated poverty areas (PDF), non-federal matching funds of at least 10% of total project costs are required. For projects in other areas, non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of total project costs are required.

Additional Information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online at, with the RFA title: Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas (No. 2022-08).

Email all questions to

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas

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