NJCDD FFY-2017 FINAL Grant Opportunities

To wrap up our 2017 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY-2017), the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities is accepting grant proposals in Disability Housing Advocacy and Disability Health and Wellness.  Prospective grantees may submit proposals for one or both of the areas in which grant funds are available.  However, interested entities must submit a separate proposal for each area in which they would like to receive grant funding.

In order for grant proposals to be considered, prospective grantees MUST submit proposals to the NJCDD by 5:00pm on Friday, September 1 (please see the full grant timeline outlined below).  Prospective grantees will be required to fill out the NJCDD’s Grant Proposals Form for FFY-2017 as well as a Budget Narrative, both of which are available to download.

Entities who have never applied for NJCDD grants in the past are strongly encouraged to download and review the Council’s Effective Grant Writing Guide and NJCDD Grant Budget Tips, both of which are available below, in order to ensure that new grant proposals are completed correctly and in full.

All grant proposals MUST be received by the NJCDD by 5:00pm on Friday, September 1, 2017.

calender september 1, 2017


Proposals may be submitted by mail to the following:

The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
c/o Kevin Casey,Executive Director

20 West State Street, PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

Please send three (3) signed copies of each proposal submitted.

Any questions relating to the NJCDD’s FY-2017 grant forms or the grant process in general may be submitted in writing to the NJCDD’s Grants Manager, Frank Latham, at frank.latham@njcdd.org.  All responses to Grants questions will be made public on the NJCDD’s “Apply for a Grant” page.


NJCDD Final FFY-2017 Grants Timeline

August 2, 2017              Notice of Funds Available submitted to the public
September 1, 2017       Grant Proposals due back to the NJCDD by 5:00pm
September 18, 2017     Successful proposals selected by NJCDD Grants Committee
September 22, 2017     Successful proposals submitted to full Council membership for final vote
September 28, 2017     Notice of Award sent to successful grant applicants
September 30, 2017     Grant funds distributed to successful grantee

Mini Grants

The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities introduced a mini-grant process in FY-2016 to encourage new and innovative local activity that will result in meaningful benefits for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Mini Grant Application Form
Budget Tips

Developmental Disability Health & Wellness

The NJCDD has received concerns from families and self-advocates about the difficulty in finding physicians, dentists, and behavioral health clinicians who are willing to accept individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into their practices. Further, there is difficulty finding clinicians who are knowledgeable and compassionate in providing the care and treatment persons with I/DD need. To address this need, the NJCDD seeks to facilitate I/DD focused curricula and programs to be offered during the training of medical, dental, and/or behavioral health clinicians in hospital settings, in professional schools, and other healthcare training institutions in the state of New Jersey.

The Goal of the proposed program is to impart and improve knowledge, skills and attitudes of health care providers which will lead to improved care for adults with I/DD.

The Goal and Purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP)

The Goal of the RFP is to invite educators to submit proposals for training programs and curricula, which are designed to impart knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about persons with disabilities to health care clinicians.  The Purpose of the training is for the clinicians to use their training to provide improved care for individuals with I/DD.

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who educate and train medical, dental, and or behavioral clinicians.  The RFP calls for the development and implementation of a curriculum that introduces the needs of adults with I/DD and their families (and/or caregivers) to clinicians during their training.


Consideration will be given to an applicant who educates and trains medical, dental, and /or behavioral clinicians and  who  chooses to replicate and implement an existing curriculum that  introduces the needs of adults with I/DD and their families (and/or caregivers) to clinicians during their   training.  This option can only be undertaken with the approval and acknowledgement of the developer of the curriculum being replicated.

Implementation Targets:

  1. Survey curricula that address the goal and purpose of this RFP.
  2. Develop or identify a curriculum to include areas of knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be implemented over a 4 to 6 months training period.  It is expected that the student clinicians will meet specifically for this purpose at the number of sessions necessary to complete the curriculum during this 4 to 6 month period.
  3. Identify the educator’s training affiliation and the location where the training will be conducted. The training described in the proposal can be an adjunct to an existing training program.
  4. Any approval(s) necessary to conduct the proposed training program should be included in the proposal.
  5. Select and assign presenters for the sessions and coordinate the sessions with the person or persons in charge.
  6. Conduct an evaluation of the training sessions.
  7. Provide a bibliography of curricula applicable to the goal of this RFP.
  8. Partner with the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities for the purpose of having self-advocates and their family members and/or caregivers participate in the training sessions.

Grant proposals up to $100,000 will be accepted.

Disability Housing Advocacy

The NJCDD is seeking grant proposals for the development and implementation of a comprehensive advocacy strategy to address not only the deficits in New Jersey’s ability to provide affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities, but also the  challenges that families and individuals face in navigating our complex housing support system

The Goal of the proposed program is to advance New Jersey’s practices/performance in the provision of housing for all individuals with developmental disabilities

Implementation Targets

  1. Evaluate New Jersey’s Housing policies and practices compared to best practices across the country.
  2. Support pilot programs utilizing identified best practices to determine the effectiveness of these practices in New Jersey.
  3. Develop and implement advocacy strategies for housing from best practices.
  4. Develop and implement an advocacy plan to increase housing options for people with developmental disabilities.


  1. Creation of Comprehensive and Accessible Tools and Trainings to Navigate New Jersey’s Housing System
    The process of obtaining adequate and accessible community-based housing for individuals with developmental disabilities (I/DD) in New Jersey is a daunting one for many residents.  Family members of individuals with I/DD find that “housing” is so much more than simply a building in which one can live.  The process also involves coordinating care within the home, and obtaining funding to pay for utilities, food, clothing, and other necessities.  While finding a safe, accessible, and integrated housing option is difficult enough, families must also balance a patchwork of other considerations in creating a living situation that is sustainable.  There is on-going paperwork to attend to, funding sources to balance, and support staff to manage. The successful grantee will build upon previous efforts to guide families and individuals through the process of securing housing options that will work for their situation by creating easy-to-use online and print tools and materials that will guide families at each step of the way.  In concert with this, the successful grantee will design a training curriculum for families and self-advocates, helping them build the tools to manage their housing needs successfully.
  1. Public/Legislative Outreach and Advocacy
    Within the State of New Jersey, there is an institutional bias in the funding of housing for individuals with I/DD.  For individuals residing in nursing homes or institutions, Medicaid funds housing as an entitlement.  However, community-based services, including community-based housing, are seen as discretionary.  As it stands, Medicaid funds cannot be used directly for housing, yet Medicaid enforces rules (e.g. Final Rule) which place limitations on Community Housing options.   Another challenge that families and individuals face is a lack of support from government agencies in planning and coordinating housing.  In New Jersey’s Supports Program, families have the ability to work with a Support Broker to plan care.  However, under the Community Care Waiver (where most community-based housing funding comes from) no such position exists to assist New Jersey residents. In order to motivate decision makers to address these issues, public and legislative/administrative outreach and advocacy is essential.   These efforts should incorporate:
  • Audiovisual materials including YouTube videos
  • Social media campaigns incorporating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Blog entries, Op-Eds, and Letters to Editors
  • Letter writing campaigns to legislators and agency officials

Successful grantees will develop a detailed and realistic implementation plan including clearly defined goals, timetables, success metrics, proposed messaging, possible partnerships, and communications methods tailored to numerous target audiences/demographics.

Proposals accepted up to $100,000.

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