The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund up to two projects to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) improve and/or maintain their health and wellness. The projects will have a positive, long-term impact on the health and wellness of people with I/DD. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 7, 2018.
If people with I/DD are healthy, they have a higher likelihood of living independent and productive lives. Important components of a healthy lifestyle can include participation in health and wellness programs, as well as access to basic health-related resources.
Previously, TCDD funded three health and fitness projects to help people with I/DD to participate in exercise and nutrition programs. Through the projects, TCDD grantees provided:
- individualized, inclusive fitness programs to people with I/DD;
- education related to healthy eating; and
- training and/or technical assistance to enable service clubs and volunteer organizations to, if necessary, alter their culture and activities to support full and equal participation by people with I/DD.
These projects developed resources that are still helping people with I/DD be healthy and fit. However, TCDD recognizes that additional efforts are needed to promote and maintain good health for people with I/DD.
About the RFP
The purpose of this RFP is to improve the health and wellness of individuals with I/DD. Projects funded through this RFP will:
- demonstrate best practices and/or develop models that educate individuals, families, and professionals;
- address gaps in services or access; and/or
- build community capacity to support healthy behavior among individuals with I/DD.
Examples of what projects might address include:
- access to health care services, including medical specialists or dentists;
- access to accessible parks and other recreational facilities;
- opportunities to participate in health education programs; and/or
- access to affordable healthy food to reduce food insecurities.
This list is not exhaustive and organizations are encouraged to submit their own innovative ideas.
Projects must demonstrate how the program may address health disparities experienced by people who are traditionally unserved or underserved. The grantee must also provide TCDD with information and recommendations that can be used to inform future policy actions and projects.
Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in this RFP can apply. Types of organizations could include:
- government agencies,
- colleges and universities,
- faith-based institutions,
- technical and/or professional schools, and
- for profit businesses.
The organization that applies for this grant must administer the grant and receive, disburse and account for grant funds. Individuals may not apply for this grant.
Grant Funds Available
TCDD has made available up to $200,000 per year, for up to five years, for up to two organizations. Funding for the second through fifth years is not automatic.
Proposals are due to TCDD by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, September 7, 2018. Late proposals will not be accepted. Other key dates include:
- Informational conference call: August 15, 2018
- Deadline to submit questions: August 17, 2018
- Award notification: November 30, 2018 (this date may change)
- Project start date: January 1, 2019 (this date may change)
Learn More and Submit a Proposal
For more information, the complete RFP is available on the Notice of Funds Available 2018-7 Health and Wellness webpage on the DD Suite website. Proposals for this RFP and all forms must be submitted using DD Suite.