Access to Technology Funding Opportunity

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Funding Opportunity Access to Technology During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maintain Health, Safety, Advocacy Skills and Engagement

Thank you for your interest in our technology funds for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Due to an overwhelming response, we have exceeded the available funding. We regrettably inform you that we no longer accept new applications. The online application will be reopened if additional resources become available.

  1. Complete all questions outlined in the application, incomplete applications will not be processed.
  2. Provide the required demographic information.
  3. Submit to assurances as outlined in the application.
  4. Answer questions describing anticipated outcomes to the best of your knowledge.
  5. Agree to participate in a follow-up survey to determine achieved outcomes.
  6. Submit the application.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of infections, causing widespread illness and death.

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented responses by federal, state, and local governments that impact the lives of all New Jerseyans, including people with developmental disabilities and their families. Specifically, the pandemic has resulted in statewide requirements to engage in long periods of social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine as needed. As a result, all New Jersey providers were required to close day programs and many day programs remain closed or have opened at extremely limited capacity. Many individuals with I/DD continue to shelter in place. As a result, people will I/DD remain isolated, away from friends and family, and many interactions people typically engage in remain limited.

These changes are very difficult for many people to understand.  Having a change in access to medical care, long-standing routines, limits on preferred activities, social isolation from friends and loved ones, and increased restrictions of movement are major sources of anxiety for many and particularly for people who have difficulty understanding the rationale behind the changes.

Certain technology such as electronic devices helps to maintain a connection to health professionals, information, family, friends, and peers.  Support groups, local, state, and national advocacy groups, virtual classes, and educational sessions are available and continue to be developed to assist people in finding alternatives to typical face to face activities.

Certain virtual activities promote socialization, education, access to information, lessen feelings of isolation, and help individuals engage in meaningful activities while remaining safe and healthy.  Music and relaxation techniques can be accessed through technology and help to maintain and promote socialization and alleviate stress and anxiety.

This opportunity is made available with funds provided by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and is open to adults (21 and older) with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) enrolled with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities Community Care Program or Supports Program who have been affected by the statewide Coronavirus pandemic.

Requests for reimbursement are limited to electronic devices to support the needs of adults (21 and over) in the areas of:

  • Advocacy Engagement- join in advocacy efforts on a local, state, or national level;
  • Health and Wellness- telehealth appointments, therapies, and access to healthy living activities; and
  • Socialization and Education- connections with support groups, family, friends, and peers and participation in educational and skill-building activities.

Note: Applicants are required to exhaust other available sources of funding before submitting an application.

Items considered for funding include and are limited to one item:

  • Handheld electronic device (Samsung Galaxy Tablet/iPad/Fire Tablet/Smartphone): Reimbursed up to $250.00 OR
  • Computer device (Chromebook/Laptop/Desktop Computer): Reimbursed up to $500.00

(Internet connection and accessories such as cases/printers/ink/memory sticks, headphones, software, etc., are not reimbursable)

Items may be purchased for a single recipient or for use by more than one adult with I/DD. One application should be submitted with the primary individual’s demographic information when the device will be shared.

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities will be available to answer questions throughout the course of this funding notice.  Questions can be addressed via email to  Grants@njcdd.org

If you are unable to email, please call (609)-292-3325 and leave a message with your name, question, and phone number and someone will get back to you.

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, through its solicitation attempts, shall endeavor to secure state-wide impact under this notice and shall make awards throughout the state.

What is the average funding approval amount?   Reimbursements will be processed based upon completion of the application and will be capped at up to $250 for handheld electronic devices or up to $500 for computer devices.  After being authorized for reimbursement, only receipts consistent with the grant parameters will be reimbursed.

What is the opening date for requests for reimbursement and what is the deadline for submission? Requests for reimbursement will be opened in order of submission when this notice is announced.  The deadline for requests is November 30, 2020, and is subject to funding availability.  The funding request period can end sooner than November 30, 2020, based on funding availability.    

When will decisions be made and awardees notified?   Applicants will be notified via email within 7-10 business days of a completed application.

How will decisions be made about requests? All complete requests received will be properly considered and evaluated for adherence to guidelines and assurances.

Are there any restrictions on use of funds? Incomplete requests will not be considered.  All required components of the request must be completed in order to submit requests.

Who is eligible to apply? Adults (21 and older) with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) enrolled with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities Community Care Program or Supports Program.  Only individuals with I/DD or their parent/spouse/guardian may apply.  This application is not open to provider agencies, however, an agency may assist the individual in applying.

How do you submit the request? Funding requests must be submitted electronically following this link:

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJCDDTechGrant
Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJCDDTechGrant?lang=es

No, later than 5 PM on November 30, 2020.  The funding request period can end sooner than November 30, 2020, based on funding availability.    

How long do I have to make the purchase after I receive notification that funding is approved?  It is expected that approved applications for the specified electronic device be purchased within 14 days of funding notice. Funding awards are non-recurring with no opportunity for renewal from the NJCDD or The Arc of New Jersey.

Can funds be used for previous purchases made?  No, these funds are to be used when no other funds are available for such a purchase.  If a device was previously purchased, then funds were already available.

What agreements are required for funding and what are the reporting requirements? Complete applications are required. Valid paid purchase recipients are required before a reimbursement is processed.  Completion of a follow-up survey is also required.

Can I apply if I received funding earlier this year from NJCDD through The Arc of New Jersey? No, only applications from those not previously funded in 2020 will be considered.

How are grant funds distributed?  Reimbursements will be issued within 30 days by The Arc of New Jersey after valid paid purchase recipients are submitted.

Who do I contact if I have questions about this opportunity? The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities will be available to answer questions throughout the course of this funding initiative.  Questions can be addressed via email to  Grants@njcdd.org

This project is supported in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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