Community Innovation Projects

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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.


1Be related to the Council’s 5-Year Plan.
Click here to read the 5-Year Plan.


2Focus on advocacy, local capacity building, systems change, social change, equal access, community competence, or education of families and self-advocates.


3Create and strengthen relationships with local associations and groups.

4Position people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members as active and engaged participants who influence the work and participate directly.


5Have a plan for sharing successful practices.


6Reflect the values, preferences, languages, and cultures of the communities they engage.


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An innovative approach to a
systemic challenge OR;


An activity that addresses a systemic problem that is being overlooked, OR;

pointer-handAn 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.

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.


Grant funds support short-term projects of up to 12 months.  Bidders can request up to $10,000. To apply, please write or email ( a letter of interest including:

1Who you are?


1What problem(s) you are trying to address?


1How you plan to address it?
Describe the project goals/outcome. Describe funding level request/use of funds.


1How this relates to the Council’s 5-Year plan?


Our review team will let you know if your concept aligns with our vision.  If so, we will invite you to complete the Community Innovation Project application form.

We look forward to collaborating with you.

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