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RFP #2012-3: Grants for Outreach and Basic Development

Funding Available for Grants


The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities announces the availability of funds for activities that address the need for culturally competent services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. TCDD expects to award up to five (5) $10,000 grants for up to one year each to groups or organizations that are working to make sure that people with developmental disabilities who are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and/or Native American have access to culturally competent supports and services. To receive a grant, most of the members and/or the leadership of your organization must belong to one of these ethnic/racial groups.

Organizations may apply for only one of these grants. Grants may be given only to organizations having a Tax ID number. If you do not have a Tax ID number, you may partner with an organization that does. Money available for these grants is provided to TCDD by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Individuals are not eligible to receive a TCDD grant award.

Application Review

Only five of these projects may be active at any one time. The Council’s review of applications depends on whether grant funds are available and if there are five projects currently funded. Applications may be reviewed at the Council’s quarterly meeting according to this schedule:

  • Applications received between January 1 and March 31 may be reviewed at the May meeting.
  • Applications received between April 1 and June 30 may be reviewed at the August meeting.
  • Applications received between July 1 and September 14 may be reviewed at the October/November meeting.
  • Applications received between September 15 and December 31 may be reviewed at the February meeting.

Please note that the review dates provided above are the earliest meeting dates during which the applications may be reviewed. If necessary, the review of applications may be postponed until a later meeting.


TCDD’s mission is to create change so that all people with developmental disabilities are fully included in their communities. Information from health, education, and social service agencies shows that people who are black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian or Native American are often less likely to receive the services and supports they need to be fully included in their communities, and frequently the services and supports that are available are not culturally competent. TCDD is offering these grants in order to support groups that are trying to help people receive culturally competent services and supports. TCDD also expects that the organizations receiving these grants will help TCDD better understand how to create change so that services are more likely to be provided in ways that is a good fit with the cultural values, characteristics and customs of the people they serve.

Grant Requirements

You must:

  • Hold public meetings at least once every 3 months and work with TCDD staff to write a short summary about the needs/values of their members who have disabilities.
  • Allow TCDD staff to attend at least 1 meeting to hear directly from members/participants.
  • Pay travel expenses for at least 1 person representing the group to speak to the TCDD Council members at a meeting somewhere in Texas, most likely in Austin.
  • Give ideas for actions to increase the diversity of the people who work with TCDD.
  • Work to make positive changes that will help people with disabilities to have more control over their lives.

Examples of Activities that Might be Funded Under this Grant

  • Make fliers or brochures to advertise your group
  • Teach other organizations about your culture
  • Pay for speakers to provide training or information
  • Hold culturally appropriate advocacy training
  • Pay for training and help for your board to reach an identified goal
  • Have materials translated into your language
  • Hold a resource fair or conference
  • Recruit new members or train volunteers
  • Establish non-profit status for a group

These are just examples; please call or email TCDD staff if you have questions.

TCDD funds MAY NOT be used for lobbying activities, to buy land or vehicles, for construction, to promote religion or for direct services.

Terms Required of Applicants

  • You must report your progress to TCDD using TCDD forms.
  • You must tell TCDD if you have any conflicts of interest with Council members and/or staff.
  • TCDD must approve anything written that you create with this grant BEFORE you may send it out.
  • Your grant applications and ideas may be shared with the public, if requested. You can read about the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 at www.oag.state.tx.us.
  • TCDD can decide NOT to fund any application.

For More Information

For more information, or if you need help completing the application, email or call either of the following:

You may also call the toll-free number: (800) 262-0334.

Completed Applications

Submit completed applications to:

Fernando Rodriguez
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
6201 E. Oltorf, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509
Fax — Attention: Fernando Rodriguez at (512) 437-5434

Application Packet

Proposal Collaboration

Visit the RFP #2012-3 Proposal Collaboration page for a list of individuals who have agreed to have their contact information posted in order to collaborate with someone else to develop a proposal.