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Grants Review Panel Members

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TCDD Seeks Grant Review Panel Members

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving on panels that review grant proposals.

TCDD’s mission is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives. To achieve this mission, TCDD provides grant funding for projects throughout the state of Texas. Projects that receive TCDD funding are designed to build community capacity, promote self-advocacy, pilot innovative ideas, or demonstrate a promising practice that can be replicated at a broader scale. At any given time, TCDD funds approximately 35 projects throughout the state. And, while projects can be local, regional, or statewide, they all support TCDD’s mission and aim to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Texas.

When TCDD makes grant funds available, we issue a Request for Proposals (RFP). Qualified proposals are reviewed by an independent grant review panel. Members of the review panel evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of proposals, participate in a group review panel meeting, and ultimately develop group recommendations to the Council about funding.

Grant review panels generally consist of three to five people. This may include individuals who have disabilities and/or have family members with disabilities; professionals in the disability field; and/or others who have expertise around a certain topic. Individuals who have experience in reviewing documents is a plus. TCDD strives to assemble grant review panels that are as diverse as possible so that multiple points of view are considered in the discussion.

Grant review panels usually review between 5 and 15 proposals. Grant review panel members independently review and make notes about the strengths and weaknesses of grant proposals using a review guide. Then, panel members meet via teleconference to discuss proposals and develop recommendations for the Council. Grant review panel members receive compensation for reviewing proposals, participating in meetings, and travel and per diem, if necessary.

For more information about this opportunity, please see the Review Panel Member Job Description webpage. If you are interested in sharing your expertise and serving on a grant review panel, please visit the Review Panel Application webpage to submit your application. If you are selected, you will be added to TCDD’s database and contacted at a future date. Please note that not every person in the database will serve on a grant review panel — TCDD maintains a database of qualified individuals to ensure each panel is as diverse as possible.