Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence.


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The Council has two types of grant programs: Competitive and Solicited. Funding recommendations are made by the State Plan and Implementation Committee comprised of Council members with a final determination made by the full Council. All grants are subject to the same administrative, program and financial requirements.

Competitive: The Council develops and distributes Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for its Competitive Grant Program. The RFPs are specifically designed to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council’s state plan. The program has an application process that includes the submission of a grant proposal. The competitive nature of these grants requires extensive review of all proposals.

Solicited:  The Council may identify projects for which specialized expertise or experience may be needed to accomplish specific goals and objectives in the state plan. In these cases, the Council may solicit a proposal from a state agency or university. Solicited proposals may occur at any time.

Requests for proposals will be published in a newspaper with statewide circulation. Copies of the notice will be provided on this website, on GCDD social media and to GCDD mailing list recipients and/or to other organizations upon request.

The Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Advocate Training Fund
The Council also has a reimbursement program that provides funding for Arkansans with developmental disabilities, their family members, or their guardians to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. This fund is designed to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives. This fund has a set total maximum amount available for use each fiscal year and when that amount is expended, funding will not be available until after the beginning of the next fiscal year (the State of Arkansas fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30). Other restrictions apply - please visit the Funded Projects Page and scroll down to the Funded Programs section to learn more.

For additional information contact: or 501-682-2897.

Current Funding Opportunity

(There are no current subgrant opportunities as of November 2017.)

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is supporting a variety of projects in the 2017-2018 grant period to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families. These projects are taking place across the state, with programs in every Congressional District. Please see our Funded Projects Page to learn more.

Funding has been awarded for subgrants for projects which will support the following GCDD State Plan Goals, Objectives, Activities during the 10/01/17-09/30/18 Grant Period:

Goal 1: People with developmental disabilities and their families will be active in advocacy activities that improve their lives, and the lives of others and the service system.
Objective 1: Each year of the five-year state plan, the Council will provide support to strengthen a statewide self-advocacy organization by increasing activity and participation by self-advocates in Arkansas. 
Activity 1: The Council will provide funding to strengthen a statewide advocacy organization by creating an RFP that will provide funds to allow an organization to increase membership and participation of self-advocates.

Goal 2: People with developmental disabilities and their families will have increased access to community support and services.
Objective 1: Each year of the five-year state plan the Council will provide support to community partners to strengthen access to information, training and education for Arkansans with developmental disabilities and their families about available programs and services within the State.
Activity 1: Create an RFP that will support a community partner, in each of the state’s five (5) regions, in strengthening access to information and training.

Goal 3: The Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities.
Objective 2: The Council will support the capacity of vocational service providers and employers to increase opportunities for competitive, integrated employment of people with developmental disabilities. 
Activity 2: The Council will develop a request for proposal for a community partner to assist people with developmental disabilities with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment and increase access to employment services.

For additional information contact: or 501-682-2897.

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