Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Grants
Grants for programs serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Looking to find grants to help serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those with learning disabilities, autism, down syndrome and cerebral palsy? The Instrumentl team has compiled a few sample grants to get you headed in the right direction.
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US HHS: Administration for Community Living (ACL)
The Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Disabilities (AOD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funds for a cooperative agreement authorized under Subtitle E of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Projects of National Significance (PNS). Funds will be awarded to develop a National Resource Center for Individuals with ID/DD and with Co-Occurring Mental/ Behavioral Health Disabilities Living Well in the Community. The goal of the resource center is aimed at ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ID/DD, their families, and others in their support system have easy access to culturally competent mental health services and HCBS delivered in an integrated approach that supports them to live well and be involved in their community. In doing so, we seek to move from a reliance on crisis care to care that is consistent and promotes stability in an individual’s daily life. Major activities of the resource center will include:
- Developing communication groups for leaning and information dissemination;
- conducting a scan of resources and identification of gaps in services;
- developing a website for information, training, promising practices and to serve as a resource hub;
- providing direct TA and training to targeted audiences;
- making recommendations for research; and 6) developing more resources that address intersectionality.
RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC)
NOTE: Submitting a letter of intent is not required, but is encouraged so that we can plan for the number of anticipated submissions.
The RADx-UP CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program
Duke University in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is serving as the Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics- Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program. The goal of the program is to improve access to and uptake of diagnostic COVID-19 testing in communities of underserved and vulnerable populations. The purpose of the overall program is to better understand factors that have led to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on these groups, and develop interventions to reduce those disparities. The RADx-UP program has multiple components, which are summarized here.
For the purpose of this RFA, populations that are underserved as well as populations that are COVID-19 vulnerable due to medical, geographic, and social factors, are defined below:
- Underserved: NIH-designated health disparity populations known to experience barriers to accessing health coverage and basic health care services as well as disparities from COVID-19. A full description can be found here.
- COVID-19 medically and/or socially vulnerable populations: Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities; community-dwelling older adults; individuals with intellectual, developmental, sensory, or physical disabilities, cognitive impairment or dementia, or communication disorders; homeless populations; individuals involved with the criminal or juvenile justice systems (incarcerated or under community supervision); individuals with medical comorbidities known to increase risk of severe COVID-19, including heart failure and related cardiovascular conditions, diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, moderate or severe obesity, HIV/AIDS; pregnant and post-partum women; children and adolescents; individuals living in congregate housing such as shelters or residential treatment facilities; individuals in overcrowded or public housing; individuals with substance use disorders or serious mental illness; migrant and immigrant communities; residents of tribal lands or reservations; communities exposed to high rates of air pollution or other toxic exposures; and rural and remote communities.
The CDCC is pleased to solicit applications for its Rapid Research Pilot Program. This RFA describes the first solicitation of the CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program. This pilot program provides an expedited funding mechanism (CDCC subawards) to evaluate the feasibility of implementing emerging COVID-19 testing technologies in underserved communities.
The WITH Foundation (WITH) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) are partnering in an effort to support projects that address the intersections of racial equity and healthcare equity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The geographic areas of focus are self-selected by the proposing organization/collaborative partners, but must be within the United States. As a result of this RFP, it is anticipated that up to four (4) grant awards will be made.
WITH is a private foundation that promotes comprehensive and accessible healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities in the United States. The mission of the AADMD is to improve the quality, outcomes and value of healthcare for individuals with developmental disabilities and their circle of support.
WITH and the AADMD embrace person-centered innovations and culturally competent care. We want to see people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their advocates, healthcare providers, and others smoothly navigate in today’s complex world.
RFP on Intersections of Racial Equity and Healthcare Equity—New Funding Opportunity
This is an invitation for collaborative proposals which focus on projects that address the intersections of racial equity and healthcare equity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proposals should use one of the following approaches:
- Implementation: Support implementation of models, i.e., projects that support community-based PCPs in providing care to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) adults with I/DD;
- Educational resources: Develop additional educational resources for Primary Care Providers who serve BIPOC adults with I/DD; and
- Research: Support regional or national research related to the care BIPOC adults with I/DD receive from Primary Care Providers.
Jordan Spieth Family Foundation
NOTE: All applications must be submitted electronically via the grant portal.
Jordan’s off and on course experiences have shaped his personal charitable outlook. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation offers a platform for Jordan to lend time, help grow awareness and offer financial support for four philanthropic areas: special needs youth, junior golf, military support and pediatric cancer.
Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Grants
For our community grant partnerships, the JSFF aims to work alongside fewer groups with deeper, more impactful goals to make substantial differences within unique community programs; please keep this in mind while applying. We also request all interested groups review our mission pillar goals below, which communicate in detail our mission goals through grant partnerships. We will strongly adhere to these focus areas when considering applications.
The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation focuses on impactful and direct lines of support through our four mission pillars: Individuals with Special Needs, Junior Golf, Military Families and Veterans and Pediatric Cancer. For each initiative we support, JSFF seeks to fund innovative and achievable ideas that aim to help remove barriers and/or provide opportunities that directly impact individuals and families within our mission focus.
- Individuals with Special Needs
- JSFF seeks to partner with programs that close the gap for those with cognitive or neurological special needs, ensuring these children and young adults have access to developmental programming and vocational opportunities to expand their communication, self-help, and social skills.
- We focus on pursuing partners that create developmental opportunities and promote inclusion for the intellectually disabled.
- Junior Golf
- We believe the game of golf can be a conduit for many life skills and an on-ramp for expanding youth horizons.
- JSFF will focus on junior golf programs that are diverse, emphasize outreach and remove potential socio-economic barriers to the game.
- We also pursue partnerships with groups that utilize golf as an avenue to furthering education and/or mentorship opportunities.
- Military Families and Veterans
- In an effort to honor those military members who have served our country, JSFF pursues established grant partners who directly impact service members and/or their families through financial aid opportunities, familial respite support, mental and physical therapies and avenues that look to provide long-term support mechanisms.
- Pediatric Cancer
- Our goal is to fund programs that offer direct care for children fighting cancer and their families.
- This includes supporting child life services, emotional and social therapies, familial respite, and avenues to overcome financial burdens on families when facing a diagnosis.
- Additionally, the ultimate goal of JSFF and our partners would be to eradicate pediatric cancers and we welcome grant applications for research and clinical trials.
- Our goal is to fund programs that offer direct care for children fighting cancer and their families.
MLK Day of Service Grant
Inclusive volunteering is great for people and communities. When people give back together, they build friendships, practice their civic duty, learn skills they can use in the future, and help people in need.
But inclusive volunteering is not just a great idea for people—inclusive volunteering is a win for organizations. By developing inclusive volunteer activities, organizations show their dedication not just to their community, but also to supporting genuine inclusion for all members of their community, regardless of background or ability. This year, The Arc is once again partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service to offer $5,000 and $10,000 grants to nonprofit community organizations to develop service projects that commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects must be designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to volunteer alongside people without disabilities and should focus on providing food assistance to people in need in the community.
Over the past five years, The Arc has helped organizations across the country implement inclusive volunteering projects. They’ve seen firsthand the value of inclusive volunteering for the organization, with activities leading to new community partnerships and increased ability to reach new groups and service areas.
- Partner with a service club to recruit volunteers with and without disabilities from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in the project
- Work with hunger-focused groups (e.g., community food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens) to deliver emergency food aid to people in need
- Provide food aid on the MLK Day of Service and continue through the end of the grant (May 31, 2020)
- Raise $31,000 ($10,00 grant) or $15,500 ($5,000 grant) in in-kind or cash matching funds to support the project
The Arc is proud to have been selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to help plan and execute volunteer projects that unite Americans in service for the MLK Day of Service and throughout the year.
The Arc will work with selected applicants to accomplish the following goals:
- Partner with a local service club or organization to recruit volunteers with and without disabilities from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- Engage volunteers to serve a specified number of service hours.
- Work with hunger-focused groups or organizations (e.g. community food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens) to deliver emergency food aid to people in need.
- Provide food aid on the MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020) and MLK Day of Service weekend (January 17-20, 20120). Volunteer service activities can also occur before the Day of Service and continue through the end of the grant period (August 31, 2020).
- Contribute in-kind or cash matching funds to support the project during the grant year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020).
- Build or enhance their organization’s use of best practices in recruiting and managing volunteers of all abilities from diverse backgrounds.
- Share print-quality pictures and stories and report information about the project with CNCS, The Arc and the public.
The Arc will award competitive grants of either $5,000 or $10,000 to selected community organizations that commit to these activities.
What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading the effort to engage Americans in community service to mark this day. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service-– a "day on, not a day off." It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.
Why address food insecurity?
It seems improbable in a country where 90 million citizens are battling obesity that 49 million are also having food security issues. However, that's the reality in the United States today. And more than 16 million of our most vulnerable residents-- America's children-- are paying the price. Providing food assistance is one way communities can help improve all people’s access to healthy food.
Why The Arc?
As the largest and oldest advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, The Arc knows that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have a lot to offer their community, and many do so by giving back in a variety of ways.
The Arc is proud to be a part of the MLK Day of Service and to support community organizations to develop volunteer projects that include volunteers with and without disabilities to serve people in need.
In 2020,77 CNCS will invest $206,345 (30% of the project cost) to support The Arc’s project. This investment will be matched with $487,857 in in-kind support from organizations and The Arc and subgrantee organizations. This in-kind support will be financed by approximately $117,086 in public money (24%) and $370,771 (76%) in private resources.
We believe that every human being has the right to be treated with dignity. Our current healthcare system provides inadequate consideration for the needs of adults with developmental disabilities, and to neglect this population is in sharp contrast to accepted medical and ethical standards. However, we are confident that this injustice is both definable and surmountable with the result that every adult with a developmental disability will have access to appropriate healthcare options.
The mission of WITH Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities that is designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.
Established in 2002, WITH Foundation is a private foundation. The Foundation’s initial grantmaking benefited the disability community. In 2011, the Foundation began to focus its support on organizations and projects that promote the establishment of comprehensive and accessible healthcare for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, WITH gives out around $750,000 each year and has provided more than $8 million (in total) in funding.
COVID-19 Response Fund
WITH Foundation is providing a 3rd round of funding through our COVID-19 Response Fund. This funding opportunity seeks to support existing COVID-19 services and clinics in being intentional in addressing the needs of adults with I/DD experiencing long-haul COVID and can also support healthcare institutions and providers to develop resources related to addressing the needs of adults with I/DD experiencing long-haul COVID.