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Community Innovation Projects
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Community Innovation Projects (CIP) encourage new and innovative activity designed to bring about meaningful local change. Funding up to $10,000 for 12 months is available.
The primary goal of Council-funded activities is to produce short and/or long-term system change. We need ideas that can be shared and replicated.
Be related to the Council’s 5-Year Plan.
Click here to read the 5-Year Plan.
Focus on advocacy, local capacity building, systems change, social change, equal access, community competence, or education of families and self-advocates.
Create and strengthen relationships with local associations and groups.
Position people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members as active and engaged participants who influence the work and participate directly.
Have a plan for sharing successful practices.
Reflect the values, preferences, languages, and cultures of the communities they engage.
An innovative approach to a
systemic challenge OR;
An activity that addresses a systemic problem that is being overlooked, OR;
An innovative project or pilot project related to the 5-Year plan
that demonstrates a best practice.
Direct services (i.e. respite care, camps, travel programs, after school programs) UNLESS that direct service is needed for a proposed activity, (i.e., on-site respite care while parents are being trained; travel program to Trenton for self-advocates to learn about advocacy); OR, the direct service will be provided in an innovative way that meets the criteria above.
Services that other public agencies are/or should be funding.
Durable equipment (computers, cards, etc.) or reprinting materials.
Those who secure a grant for a Community Innovation Project may be asked to help promote the replication of a new or promising practice. They must comply with all state and federal assurances and reporting requirements.