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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.
Projects that will serve and/or support a single and/or limited disability population.
Community Innovation Project grantees may be asked to help replicate a new or promising practice. They must comply with all state and federal assurances and reporting requirements.
Who you are?
What problem(s) you are trying to address?
How you plan to address it?
Describe the project goals/outcome. Describe funding level request/use of funds.
How this relates to the Council’s 5-Year plan?