Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Programs & Funding

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. GCDD is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the “Act”) of 2000 (P.L. 106‐402) to receive federal funds and act as an agent for systems change, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families. The Federal funding source is the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number is 93.630. 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.

GCDD Arkansas grant awards are reimbursement grants, unless stated otherwise. A reimbursement grant provides funding to grant recipients after expenses have been incurred. The grantee must follow a certain procedure to obtain the reimbursement for project expenses. After the organization has submitted sufficient documents to verify expenses, reimbursements are provided for expenses.

Through its grants program, the Arkansas Council only funds projects supporting its five year state plan. The Council’s 2017-2021 plan outlines GCDD's goals and objectives in the following federal areas of emphasis: Employment, Community Supports, and Quality Assurance.

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, 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.

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



GCDD Arkansas grant opportunities will always be listed on when available.

MARCH 2020

Notice of Funds Available/Request for Proposals (NoFA/RFPs)

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDDAR) is proud to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals on March 16th, 2020, on . Applications under this RFP are due by April 14, 2020. Applications must be submitted through the GCDDAR online grants management site, DD Suite, prior to the published deadline. Award decision notices will be sent by the end of May of 2020. Funded projects will begin on 07/01/2020.

After 03/16/2020, an FAQ document will be posted here weekly with all questions and answers received on this RFP.

Visit the Apply for funding page to learn more.


The next Notice of Funds Available/Request for Proposals (NoFA/RFPs) for a GCDD competitive grant funding opportunity will be published in March of 2020. Those award decision notices will be sent by mid-May of 2020. Funded projects will begin on 07/01/2020.

JUNE 2019

The Council has voted to change the standard funded project period to July 1 through June 30.


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