Notice of RFP to design & deliver projects that create leadership training for people with I/DD

https://njcdd.org/notice-of-request-for-funding-proposals-to-increase-access-to-information-for-black-new-jersey-residents-with-i-dd-and-their-families/#1631630187856-8730f9cc-5490

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) announces a three-year funding opportunity (up to $300,000, excluding required 25% match) for a qualified entity to design and deliver projects that create leadership training opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

In accordance with Goal 1 Objective 1 in NJCDD’s Five Year State Plan for 2022-2026, NJCDD is currently accepting proposals to develop, design, and deliver project(s) that will build a new generation of self-advocates and create leadership and training opportunities for people with I/DD. The work must be managed and led by people with I/DD to the maximum extent

In order to be considered, applicants must submit a full project proposal to NJCDD according to the timeline below. Applicants are required to complete NJCDD’s FY2022 Grant Proposal Form and Budget. These documents are available at www.njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/.

Entities applying for NJCDD funding are strongly encouraged to review the Council’s Effective Grant Writing Guide and NJCDD Grant Budget Instructions and Match Requirements, also available at www.njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/. These documents will help applicants ensure that proposals comply with established guidelines.

The selected applicant is required to complete state and federal assurances.  These documents are available at https://njcdd.org/state-and-federal-certificates-and-assurances/.

NJCDD may have more than one RFP active at this time. Entities may apply for more than one RPF.

  1. NJCDD will hold an Applicant Question Period from September 29, 2021 to October 6, 2021.
  2. Questions must be submitted in writing to grants@njcdd.org by 5 p.m. on October 6, 2021.
  3. Please specify: “RFP 1.1 Questions” in the email subject line.
  4. There are no exceptions.
  5. Answers to questions will be posted to the NJCDD’s website at njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/ by October 13, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Hard Copy – Four (4) hard copies of the proposal must be received by NJCDD not later than Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE TIME. Hard copy proposals may be submitted to:

NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
c/o Proposals
20 West State Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

Late submissions cannot be considered.

E-signature is acceptable.

E-submission – Applicants must also email a copy of the full proposal IN MS WORD and EXCEL to grants@njcdd.org. Email must be received not later than November 3, 2021 by 2 p.m.

Notice of Funds Available                                         September 15, 2021
Applicant Question Period                                        September 29-October 6, 2021
Question Deadline                                                     October 6, 2021 by 5pm
Posted Answers to Questions Submitted                October 13, 2021 by 2pm
Proposal Submission Deadline                                 November 3, 2021 by 2 pm
NJCDD Proposal Review                                           November 8-22, 2021
Contract Notification                                                 Not later than December 1, 2021
Contract Period                                                         January 1 to December 31, 2022

Council 5-Year Plan Goal: #1 – Advocacy

All New Jersey residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members, from an early age and throughout the lifespan, will have increased access to information in order to learn and strengthen the advocacy and leadership skills they need to be self-directed, manage supports and services, and engage as active citizens with control and choice over their own lives.

1.1 Objective: For each year through 2026, NJCDD will increase civic engagement and self-direction on the part of individuals with I/DD. The NJCDD will provide support and technical assistance to a statewide self-advocacy organization, provide leadership training opportunities, promote emerging leaders with I/DD as trainers and speakers, and support and expand participation of individuals with I/DD in culturally-diverse, cross-disability leadership coalitions.

Background/Statement of Need

The mission of NJCDD is to assure that individuals with (I/DD) in New Jersey, and their families, participate in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of life through culturally competent programs. One of the ways in which NJCDD accomplishes this is through support and engagement of self-advocates.

When diverse people with I/DD are actively engaged in civic life and have the leadership skills they need to be more self-directed, their needs and interests are more likely to be considered and reflected in policy decisions at the local, state and federal level.

NJCDD seeks to increase and expand the number of people, and in particular, youth and young adults, with I/DD involved in New Jersey’s self-advocacy movement. This will be done through: enhanced training opportunities; engaging a new generation of self-advocates; increasing and expanding  the visibility of people with I/DD as thought leaders and resources; expanding engagement of people with I/DD in intersectional advocacy; increasing the visibility and engagement of historically under-represented self-advocates; and increasing participation on the part of people with I/DD in cross disability, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and coalitions.

  1. The Goal of the Request for Proposal (RFP)

The goal of this RFP is to develop, design, and deliver project(s) that will build a new generation of self-advocates and create leadership and training opportunities for diverse people with I/DD. The work must be designed and delivered in ways that will reach and engage adults with I/DD, including youth and young adults. The work must be managed and led by people with I/DD to the maximum extent feasible.

  1. Who Should Apply?

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who:

1. Demonstrate solid knowledge about and experience with preparing people to become civic leaders, thought leaders and public speakers;
2. Have the resources and demonstrated capacity to carry out the work described in their proposal, including the ability to provide, arrange, or coordinate, the supports needed by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to manage/lead this work;
3. Demonstrate experience working in a culturally competent and linguistically responsive manner, and;
4. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the work of the NJCDD and its needs.

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited, to:

1. Private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
2. Institutions of higher education.
3. State, county, or local government entities.
4. Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team, including consultants, business and civic organizations, cultural organizations and grass roots advocacy organizations.

The credentials of the organization(s) and the CV of the person(s) to be engaged in this work must be described and attached to the proposal.

The Council strongly encourages proposals from two or more collaborating organizations. The Council will give priority to those applicants who demonstrate activities to engage culturally diverse and historically underserved communities.  All partnerships/collaborations and interagency coordination must have a letter of agreement from the other party/parties unless it is a joint application.

Applicants must demonstrate cultural competency and the ability to reach and support diverse and historically underserved communities including but not limited to individuals who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, have limited English proficiency, and/or identify as LGBTQ+.

Applicants MUST be able to demonstrate sustainability through leveraging other funds and/or community resources.

Applicants should describe how work will be carried out in a COVID-aware/COVID-safe manner.

NOTE: Funds cannot be used to supplant other government funds.  A 25% Non-Federal Match of Proposed Funding is Required.

  1. Implementation Targets/Deliverables

All work must include individuals from diverse and historically underserved communities including but not limited to individuals who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, have limited English proficiency, and/or identify as LGBTQ+. The work must reach and engage youth and young adults with I/DD.

Deliverables include

1. New and innovative projects designed to increase civic engagement and self-direction on the part of people with I/DD.
2. New and innovative projects designed to prepare and promote people with I/DD as a resource for government leaders. This includes the establishment of a well-promoted speaker’s bureau comprised of self-advocates to lead workshops and speak on a range of topics, including but not limited to cultural diversity and cross disability leadership;
3. New and innovative projects to support and expand participation of individuals with I/DD in culturally-diverse, cross-disability leadership coalitions; and,
4. New and innovative projects designed to increase civic engagement and self-direction on the part of people with I/DD.

Proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

1. A written plan that describes all deliverables in the RPF, the project, its process, its outcomes, and a budget narrative;
2. Concrete and measurable activities; and,
3. Benchmarks for project workflow and completion tied to funding drawdown.

  1. Reporting

The applicant(s) must provide a timeline for each of the components of this RFP and each deliverable.
Applicants who receive funding must submit written quarterly reports to the Council that describe and quantifie progress toward implementation targets. Data must include quantitive and/or qualitive data on the racial, ethnic, linguistic and gender and disability characteristics of participants and staff.
Contract payments are predicated upon successful completion of implementation targets and must be documented and verifiable in order for payments to be issued.
Additional reporting requirements are included in the application form online.

Project Period: Three years – January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

Contract Period: January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022, with option to renew funding annually for two additional years after completion, review and approval of proposal and budget form for each additional year.

Funding Amount: Maximum of $300,000 for a three-year period, with up to $125,0000 in year one, up to $100,000 in year two, and up to $75,000 in year three.

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