Notice: RFP to improve/increase diversity, equity, cultural competency …

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The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) announces a one-year funding opportunity (up to $125,000 excluding required 25% match) for a qualified entity to improve and increase the level of diversity, equity, cultural competency and linguistic responsiveness at NJCDD.

In accordance with Goal 3 Objective 1 in NJCDD’s Five Year State Plan for 2022-2026, NJCDD will support projects and engage in outreach designed to ensure increased levels of diversity, equity, cultural competency, and linguistic responsiveness in all aspects of the work carried out by the Council and its staff.

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. Entitles 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 3.1 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. PLEASE NOTE TIME. Hard copy proposals may be submitted to:

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 #3 – Capacity-building

All New Jersey residents with I/DD and their families will have increased information and support they need to access the services and supports they need to live, work, and learn in the community with independence.

3.1 Objective: Beginning in 2022, NJCDD will support projects and engage in outreach designed to ensure increased levels of diversity, equity, cultural competency, and linguistic responsiveness in all aspects of the work carried out by the Council, and its staff.

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 need to improve and increase the level of diversity, equity, cultural competency, and linguistic responsiveness in all aspects of the work carried out by the Council, and its staff.  NJCDD is seeking a comprehensive review and analysis of NJCDD internal practices, policies and procedures as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency and linguistic responsiveness; examination current data; assessment of strengths and weakness, and a comprehensive plan to ensure and measure change. As a key component of this effort, NJCDD seeks to establish a system to collect and analyze data on equitable access to services to make decisions about services, supports and outreach to underserved communities.

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

The goal of this RFP is to ensure increased levels of diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency, and linguistic responsiveness in all aspects of the work carried out by the Council, and its staff.

  1. Who Should Apply?

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants who:

Demonstrate solid knowledge about and experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, linguistic responsiveness, accessibility, training, system change, outreach to diverse communities, data collection and analysis, and 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. 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

Deliverables include:

1. A comprehensive review and analysis, including assessment of strengths and weaknesses of NJCDD internal practices, policies and procedures as they relate to diversity, equity, cultural competency, and linguistic responsiveness, including accessibility;
2. Examination current data;
3. Comprehensive recommendations for improvement, within a sequential plan designed to ensure increased levels of diversity, equity, cultural competency and linguistic responsiveness in all aspects of work carried out by NJCDD and its staff.
4. Identify effective and appropriate systems, tools and practices to collect, maintain and analyze appropriate and relevant data to measure change.
5. Provide training to staff and NJCDD in diversity, equity, cultural competency and linguistic responsiveness to produce measurable change.
6. Identify important community organizations for partnerships and connection;
7. Develop and implement strategies designed to build strong, meaningful connections with relevant community organizations with shared missions

Proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

A written plan that describes both deliverables in the RPF, the project, its process, its outcomes, and a budget narrative;
Concrete and measurable activities;
Benchmarks for project workflow and completion, tied to funding drawdown.

  1. Reporting

The applicant(s) must provide a timeline for each of the components of this RFP and each deliverable.
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 qualitative 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.

Contract Period: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023

Funding Amount: Up to $125,000 for one year.

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