Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Apply for Funding

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, university, or other expert organization. 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.

GCDD Arkansas grant opportunities are listed on https://www.ddsuite.org/ when available.

Federal Source of Funds

CFDA # 93.630

Funding Source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES/Administration for Community Living

Title of Program: (SCDD) DD Act State Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Award Authority: P.L. 106-402 (DD Act)

Grantee: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration/Governor’s Council on DD Arkansas

The Council has the discretion to allocate these funds through a competitive grant process, solicitation of work, direct expenditure or a combination of these approaches. The Council is bound to grant awards only to the extent that the funds are or become available.

HOW TO APPLY FOR GCDDAR FUNDING

EXAMPLE APPLICATION


Current Funding Opportunity

Notice of Funds Available - A GCDD competitive grant funding opportunity will be published on 03/16/2020.

On March 16, 2020, the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDDAR) will begin accepting applications for funding awarded to it by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.  The Council will fund projects that advance the goals selected by the Council from their 2017-2021 state plan. The funding is available for projects that will start on July 1, 2020 and be completed by June 30, 2021.  

Applications for funding must be submitted electronically through the GCDDAR online grants management system, DD Suite, at https://www.ddsuite.org/.  No hard copies will be accepted.  All applications MUST be received by April 14, 2020.

GCDDAR will award up to $500,000 in federal funds for projects that address the stated goals, objectives and activities below.  These allowable goals, objectives and activities are described in the DD Suite notice of funding available/application. A minimum of 3 projects will be funded. The individual funding amount will be determined based on the number of projects selected and amounts of those approved application budgets.

The Council is requesting proposals for projects that fit these Goals/Objectives/Activities:

Goal 2: People with developmental disabilities and their families will have improved community support and services.
            Objective 2: To address targeted disparity, the Council, together with partners in Northwest Arkansas, will work with
                                  Marshallese people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reduce barriers when accessing
                                  information and services. 
                  Activity: The Council will fund a community partner to reduce barriers to supports and services for people with
                                  intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Marshallese population.

            Objective 3: The Council will collaborate with regional community partners to identify and prioritize strategies to reduce
                                  barriers to supports and services for Arkansas with IDD who have limited English proficiency (non
                                 English speaking, English as a Second Language, and those with other communication needs).
                  Activity: The Council will provide funding to a community partner to work with Arkansans with intellectual and
                                 developmental disabilities who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency (LEP) to reduce
                                 barriers to supports and services.

 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: The Council will support an agency or a community partner to assist people with developmental disabilities
                                  with the shift from sheltered employment, or school, to community-based competitive, integrated
                                  employment and increase access to employment services.

 The Council looks for projects that are new, innovative strategies aimed at implementing these stated Goals. Under this competitive funding opportunity, GCDDAR will not fund existing projects that were previously funded under the current five-year state plan (2017-2021) or an expansion of those existing, previously funded projects.

A Technical Assistance Workshop for anyone interested in applying for this funding will be held on April 7th, 2020.  We will answer questions and provide information regarding the application process.  This workshop may be held online, or by phone, in consideration of the current public health situation affecting the State of Arkansas. Contact Council Program Coordinator, Melissa Trostel-Hall, at 501-682-2918 with questions or to request accommodations for the workshop.

SCHEDULE FOR RFP 2020:

03/16/20 - RFP published https://www.ddsuite.org/?nofa_id=1707

04/07/20 - Applicant technical assistance workshop

04/14/20 - Applications due

04/15/20 to 04/25/20 - Application eligibility review, applicant and project risk assessment and scoring of applications will be completed.

04/27/20 to 04/30/20 - State Plan and Implementation Committee prepares funding proposal for Full Council.

05/05/20 - Potential Special Full Council meeting to make final funding decision. Funding notices sent to applicants by 05/08/20.

05/08/20 to 06/10/20 -  Appeal Period

06/11/20 - Full Council meeting. Council considers any appeals and directs staff to send award documents to selected applicants.

07/01/2020 - Project period begins.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Supporting Documentation to Submit with Your Application

(Get copies of all at DD Suite under the current NOFA)

Letter of Intent-Application Supporting Documents Cover Sheet

Assurances – Non-Construction Programs

Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, And Other Responsibility Matters Primary Covered Transactions

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements

SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance)  

Certificate of Good Standing from Arkansas Secretary of State

Certificate of Vote (If Applicable) (Non-Profit)

Request to Designate an Acting Authorized Official

Memorandum of Understanding – MOU (If Applicable)

GCDDAR Assurances 2020

VIEW ALL RFP 2020 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO SUPPORT AN APPLICATION

For additional information contact:  Melissa Trostel-Hall, at 501-682-2918, or Melissa.Trostel-Hall@dfa.arkansas.gov

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The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) supports projects to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families across the state. Please see our Funded Projects Page to learn more.

Funding may be awarded for subgrants for projects which will support the following GCDD State Plan Goals and Objectives under our 2017-2021 5 Year State Plan:

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: The Council will provide support to strengthen a statewide self-advocacy organization by increasing activity and participation by self-advocates in Arkansas. 
Objective 2: The Council on developmental disabilities will collaborate with Disability Rights Arkansas and Partners for Inclusive Communities to support self-advocates and their families by providing technical assistance and administrative support to increase leadership training.
Objective 3: The Council will increase opportunities for self-advocates who are leaders to train other self-advocates to become leaders and increase opportunities for participation in cross-disability, culturally diverse organizations.

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 and about emergent issues affecting the Arkansas IDD community.
Objective 2: To address targeted disparity, the Council, together with partners in Northwest Arkansas, will work with Marshallese people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reduce language barriers when accessing information and services.
Objective 3: The Council will collaborate with regional community partners to identify and prioritize strategies to reduce barriers to supports and services for Arkansas with IDD who have limited English proficiency (non-English speaking, English as a Second Language, and those with other communication needs).

Goal 3: The Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities.
Objective 1: The Council will promote participation of people with DD in Employment First activities and similar community programs to advocate for legislative and policy changes to increase competitive, integrative employment. 
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.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.

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