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.


Interested in a grant? Contact with your contact information and grant questions.


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.



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.


Grant funds support short-term projects of up to 12 months.  Bidders can request up to $10,000. To apply, download the Community Innovation Project application form and email it to ( Our review team will let you know if your concept aligns with our vision.

We look forward to collaborating with you.