FY-2017 Grant F.A.Q.s

FY-2017 Grant Cycle – Frequently Asked Questions

The NJCDD has received a number of questions from prospective grantees relating to the funding opportunities available during our current grant cycle.  In an effort to provide equal assistance to all grant applicants, the NJCDD will address any questions submitted by prospective grantees and provide answers in the space below.  All grant applicants are welcomed to submit their questions relating to this year’s application process to the NJCDD’s Executive Director, Kevin Casey, via email at kevin.casey@njcdd.org.

Please check this page frequently, as we will continue to add questions and answers as they are submitted, from now until the application deadline of Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5pm.

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1.  Is there a minimum and/or maximum grant request amount?

There is no minimum dollar amount for which prospective grantees may apply. There IS a maximum dollar amount, however. The maximum dollar amounts available for this grant cycle are as follows:

Self-Advocate and Family Material and Training – Up to $75,000
Direct Support Staffing Issues – Up to $100,000
Special Education Advocacy – Up to $150,000

2.  What is the term of the current grant period? Are consecutive years possible?

The funding period for the NJCDD’s current grant opportunities begins on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018. Funding for successful grant projects is available for up to three consecutive years. In order to continue funding, grantees must reapply for each fiscal year, up to three years.

3.  Can an organization submit more than one proposal; for example, proposals under more than 1 of the 3 focus areas (Self/Family Advocacy Training; DSP Advocacy; Special Education Advocacy)?

Yes, organizations are welcomed to apply for more than one of the current grant opportunities available. However, prospective grantees must submit individual grant proposals for EACH of the grant opportunities in which they are seeking funding. For example, if an organization would like to apply for a grant in the area of Direct Support Staffing and Special Education Advocacy, they must submit one full application for Direct Support and one full application for Special Education.

4.  At the time of its release, the NJCDD’s Grant Proposal cover page indicated, in the text box relating to the Type of Applicant, that prospective grantees should indicate the applicable goal in which they are applying for funding; either Housing, Community Supports, or Health (objectives A or B). Does this relate to the current grant opportunities, and if so, how should this be addressed?

Please accept our apologies for this error on our FY-2017 Grants Cover Page. The applicable goals should have been changed to read as: Self-Advocate/Family Training and Materials, Direct Support Staffing, Special Education Advocacy. This error has been corrected and the updated page is available for download on our Apply for a Grant page.

When filling out this page of the grant application, prospective grantees must indicate the grant opportunities for which they are applying. Please indicate whether you are applying for grant funding in the area of Self-Advocate/Family Training and Materials, Direct Support Staffing, or Special Education.

5.  On the FY-2017 Grant Application cover page, in the space relating to Funding for ONE Year Only, the NJCDD asks that prospective grantees indicate the Match Funds that their organization will provide in addition to the funds awarded by the NJCDD. Are grantees required to provide Match Funds? If so, how much funding are grantees required to provide?

Yes, successful grantees are required to provide Match Funds. Grantees must provide an additional 25% of the funding they receive from the NJCDD.

For example, if the NJCDD awards an organization grant funding in the amount of $100,000, the grantee will be required to match that funding with an additional $25,000, with a total of $125,000 (NJCDD Funds + Match Funds)

6.  Can prospective grantees provide match dollars in indirect cost categories despite the fact that Council dollars cannot be used for indirect costs?


7.  If yes, can prospective grantees include the cost of fringe benefits (e.g. health insurance, paid time off, travel expense reimbursement, etc. for employees or consultants) in their match funding?

Yes. For example, if a grantee is required to provide match funding of $20,000, and the cost of fringe benefits for any employees/consultants tasked with carrying out their grant program is equal to $12,000, the grantee will only need to provide an additional $8,000 in Match Funds. Please note that prospective grantees will be expected to provide documentation of the cost of fringe benefits for all employees/consultants who will be working on the grant program.


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