Notice of RFP to increase access to info for Black NJ residents with I/DD & their families

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The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) announces a two-year funding opportunity (up to $250,000, excluding 25% required match) for a qualified entity to increase access to information for Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families.

In accordance with Goal 1 Objective 3 in NJCDD’s Five Year State Plan for 2022-2026, NJCDD is currently accepting proposals to increase access to information about NJCDD, its DD Act Partners, and all developmental disabilities systems among Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families, and how to access the full range of supports and services available through New Jersey’s system of services and supports. NJCDD’s DD Act Partners include The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Disability Rights New Jersey.

In order to be considered, applicants must submit a full project proposal to NJCDD according to the timeline below. Applicants are required to complete NJCDD’s FY2022 Grant Proposal Form and Budget. These documents are available at www.njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/.

Entities applying for NJCDD funding are strongly encouraged to review the Council’s Effective Grant Writing Guide and NJCDD Grant Budget Instructions and Match Requirements, also available at www.njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/. These documents will help applicants ensure that proposals comply with established guidelines.

The selected applicant is required to complete state and federal assurances.  These documents are available at https://njcdd.org/state-and-federal-certificates-and-assurances/.

NJCDD may have more than one RFP active at this time. Entities may apply for more than one RPF.

  1. NJCDD will hold an Applicant Question Period from September 29, 2021 to October 6, 2021.
  2. Questions must be submitted in writing to grants@njcdd.org by 5 p.m. on October 6, 2021.
  3. Please specify: “RFP 1.3 Questions” in the email subject line.
  4. There are no exceptions.
  5. Answers to questions will be posted to the NJCDD’s website at njcdd.org/applying-for-a-grant/ by October 13, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Hard Copy – Four (4)  hard copies of the proposal must be received by NJCDD not later than Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 2 p.m. Hard copy proposals may be submitted to the following address:

NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
c/o Proposals
20 West State Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

Late submissions cannot be considered.
E-signature is acceptable.

E-submission – Applicants must also email a copy of the full proposal IN MS WORD and EXCEL to grants@njcdd.org. Email must be received not later than November 3, 2021 by 2 p.m.

Notice of Funds Available                                         September 15, 2021
Applicant Question Period                                        September 29-October 6, 2021
Question Deadline                                                     October 6, 2021 by 5pm
Posted Answers to Questions Submitted                October 13, 2021 by 2pm
Proposal Submission Deadline                                 November 3, 2021 by 2 pm
NJCDD Proposal Review                                           November 8-22, 2021
Contract Notification                                                 Not later than December 1, 2021
Contract Period                                                         January 1 to December 31, 2022

Council 5-Year Plan Goal #1 – Advocacy

All New Jersey residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family members, from an early age and throughout the lifespan, will have increased access to information in order to learn and strengthen the advocacy and leadership skills they need to be self-directed, manage supports and services, and engage as active citizens with control and choice over their own lives.

1.3 Objective: For each year through 2026, Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families will have increased access to information about NJCDD, its DD Act Partners, and all developmental disability systems, and how to access the full range of supports and services available through New Jersey’s system of services and supports.

Background/Statement of Need

The mission of NJCDD is to assure that individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in New Jersey, and their families, participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of life through culturally competent programs.

When all people with I/DD and their families have access to information and supports they need to be self-directed, manage their own supports and services, and engage as active citizens, they can have more control and choice in their own lives.

NJCDD has identified a disparity in accessing information and supports that negatively affects Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families.  NJCDD seeks to improve access to information about NJCDD, its DD Act Partners and all DD systems in New Jersey among Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families, and to help Black New Jerseys residents with I/DD and their families access the full range of high quality supports and services that reflect best practice.

  1. The Goal of the Request for Proposal (RFP)

The goal of this RFP is to improve access to information about NJCDD, its DD Act Partners and all DD systems in New Jersey, and to help Black New Jerseys residents with I/DD and their families access the full range of high quality supports and services that reflect best practice.

  1. Who Should Apply?

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who:

• Demonstrate solid knowledge about and experience with diversity, inclusion, outreach, engagement of diverse communities, data collection and analysis, planning;
• Have the resources and demonstrated capacity to carry out the work described in their proposal;
• Demonstrate experience working in a culturally competent and linguistically responsive manner, and;
• Demonstrate a solid understanding of the work of the NJCDD and its needs.

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited, to:

• Private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
• Researchers and institutions of higher education.
• State, county, or local government entities.
• Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team, including consultants, business and civic organizations, community organizers, diversity experts, data experts, and marketing experts.
• The credentials of the organization(s) and the CV of the person(s) to be engaged in this work must be described and attached to the proposal.

The Council strongly encourages proposals from two or more collaborating organizations. The Council will give priority to those applicants who demonstrate activities to engage culturally diverse and historically underserved communities. All partnerships/collaborations and interagency coordination must have a letter of agreement from the other party/parties unless it is a joint application.

Applicants must demonstrate cultural competency and the ability to reach diverse and historically underserved communities including but not limited to individuals who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, have limited English proficiency, and/or identify as LGBTQ+.

Applicants should describe how work will be carried out in a COVID-aware/COVID-safe manner.

NOTE: Funds cannot be used to supplant other government funds.  A 25% Non-Federal Match of Proposed Funding is Required.

  1. Implementation Targets/Deliverables

YEAR 1 Deliverables include:

• Using a range of strategies, including public input from stakeholders, identify and assess current challenges and barriers facing Black New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families as they access information and services provided through the NJCDD, its DD Act Partners and the state DD system;
• Develop a comprehensive plan, with concrete measurable recommendations to address those challenges and barriers, including the identification of community partners and other resources;
• Identify effective and appropriate systems, tools and practices to collect, analyze and maintain relevant data to measure change.

YEAR 2 Deliverables include:

• Develop and implement the comprehensive plan designed to build strong, meaningful connections with relevant community organizations with shared missions;
• Expand awareness of NJCDD to broad groups of new stakeholders, including outreach to include individuals, organizations, and other appropriate entities as measured by growth in NJCDD’s outreach list, social media engagement, participation in NJCDD’s work and activities and other measures
• Provide training, support and technical assistance to NJCDD.

Proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

• A written plan that describes all deliverables in the RFP, the project, its process, its outcomes, and a budget narrative;
• Concrete and measurable activities;
• Benchmarks for project workflow and completion tied to funding drawdown;
• Multi-year proposal must reflect work for the full term of the project.

  1. Reporting

• The applicant(s) must provide a timeline for each of the implementation targets/deliverables of this RFP.
• Applicants who receive funding must submit written quarterly reports to the Council that describe and quantify progress toward implementation targets. Data must include quantitative and/or qualitive data on the racial, ethnic, linguistic and gender and disability characteristics of participants and staff.
• Contract payments are predicated upon successful completion of implementation targets and must be documented and verifiable in order for payments to be issued.
• Additional reporting requirements are included in the application form online.

Project Period: Two years –  January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023

Contract Period: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, with the option to renew funding for an additional year after completion, review and approval of additional a proposal and budget form for the additional year.

Funding Amount: Maximum of $250,000 for a two year period, with up to $125,000 per year.

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