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NJCDD Grant Available NJCDD 2019 innovative initiatives to address challenges and barriers to transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities in New Jersey Submission Deadline Friday, July 12

NJCDD announces funding opportunity in innovative initiatives to address challenges and barriers to transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities in New Jersey

In accordance with goals outlined in the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ (NJCDD) 5-Year Plan for 2017-2021, the NJCDD is currently accepting proposals in Innovative Initiatives to Address Challenges and Barriers to Transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Interested entities must submit a full project proposal for funding consideration.

In order to be considered, prospective applicants MUST submit proposals to NJCDD within 40 days of this announcement (please see the timeline outlined below).  Applicants are required to complete NJCDD’s FY2019 Grant Proposal Form, Budget and Budget Narrative. Scroll down to find all forms.

Entities applying for NJCDD funding are strongly encouraged to review the Council’s Effective Grant Writing Guide and NJCDD Grant Budget Tips, also available below. These documents will help applicants ensure that proposals comply with established guidelines.


NJCDD will hold an Applicant Question Period from Wednesday, June 5 to Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
All questions must be submitted in writing to by 5p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.
Answers to questions will be posted to the NJCDD’s website at by Monday, June 17, 2019, 5 p.m.


10 HARD COPIES of each proposal must be received by NJCDD on Friday, July 12, 2019, 2 p.m.

Proposals may be submitted by mail or in person to the following address:
NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities c/o Grants
20 West State Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 700 , Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

Please send 10 complete signed copies of each proposal submitted. E-signature is acceptable.
Applicants must also email a copy of the full proposal to on Friday, July 12, 2019 by 2 p.m

NJCDD FY-2019 Grants Timeline

Notice of Funds Available May 31, 2019
Applicant Question Period June 5 to June 11, 2019 by 5pm
Posted Answers to Questions Submitted June 17, 2019 by 5pm
Proposal Submission Deadline July 12, 2019 by 2:00 pm
NJCDD Proposal Review July 15 to July 26, 2019
Contract Notification Not later than August 29, 2019
Contract Period October 01, 2019 to September 30, 2020

Grant Requirements

Council 5-Year Plan Goal: Health & Wellness

Goal: Advocate statewide for clear policies based on the principle that transportation should be available to accommodate the lives of people with disabilities.

Implementation Target:

Support pilot programs utilizing identified best practices to determine the effectiveness of these practices in New Jersey.

While community-based services and supports for individuals with I/DD have expanded in recent decades, transportation in the Garden State remains a significant barrier. Without safe, timely, easy-to-access, cost-effective transportation options, individuals with I/DD remain dependent, isolated, and unable to fully participate in their communities in a self-directed manner. Lack of appropriate transportation resources limits access to work, health care, recreation, independent living, and enjoyment of life.

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) has completed a study looking at the experiences of more than 200 adults with I/DD. The study identified transportation barriers, financial constraints, and safety concerns. In addition, advocates and consumers report discrimination, highly fragmented services, limited service hours, long wait times, and a lack of accessible ‘first-mile/last mile’ connections to public transportation. Service delivery systems are siloed and opaque; many consumers and families do not understand how to access them. Also, individuals using DDD’s fee-for-service system report that the cost of transportation, and the support services needed to make transportation safe, are often prohibitive.

To address these problems, the NJCDD is seeking proposals that would impact local, regional and/or statewide transportation systems and services. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. Innovative approaches to rideshare services;
  2. Creative leasing options;
  3. Interagency collaboration and coordination of existing transportation assets, systems and services;
  4. Creative use of fleets;
  5. EZ Ride models/shuttle concepts;
  6. Mobility on Demand (MOD)
  7. Innovative travel training/education programs;
  8. Strategies to improve accurate ride time estimates;
  9. Strategies that leverage existing systems, services, and assets;
  10. Strategies that expand service hours and routes;
  11. Strategies that enhance transportation staff training;
  12. Universal design in public transportation;
  13. First mile, last mile services;
  14. Technology solutions to access transportation;
  15. Mobility management and coordination/single point of contact services;
  16. Intelligent, person-centered transportation technologies.

The goal of the RFP is to invite stakeholders in the public and private sector to submit proposals to demonstrate effective and sustainable ways to address identified challenges such that people with I/DD will have increased access to safe, seamless, affordable and cost effective, accessible, consumer-driven transportation.

The NJCDD is seeking actionable plans and projects that:

  1. Build capacity through sustainable solutions.
  2. Decrease cost, decrease travel time, and improve the agility of services.
  3. Increase flexibility, efficiency, and responsiveness.
  4. Increase safety, consumer control, and independence.
  5. Increase ease of access and transparency.
  6. Are person-centered.
  7. Have the potential for replication.

The Proposal Must:

  1. Identify and quantify the transportation barrier(s) or challenge(s) to be addressed (i.e., what is the specific challenge or barrier? How does it affect people with I/DD? How many people are affected by the barrier or challenge?)
  2. Describe the specific activity/strategy that will be used to address the challenge(s) or /barrier(s) identified. Specifically describe the number of individuals with I/DD expected to benefit from the activity/strategy, and the ways in which they will benefit.
  3. Describe how the strategy will meet two or more of the goals of the RPF:
    1. Build capacity through sustainable solutions.
    2. Decrease cost, decrease travel time, and improve the agility of services.
    3. Increase flexibility, efficiency, and responsiveness.
    4. Increase safety, consumer control, and independence.
    5. Increase ease of access and transparency.
    6. Are person centered.
  4. Define clear and measurable goal(s) for the activity/strategy.
  5. Define the geographic area (e.g. statewide, county, multi-county, town or municipally) to benefit from the activity/strategy.
  6. Identify partnerships, collaborations, and interagency coordination that leverage resources in the current system. All partnerships/collaborations and interagency coordination must have a letter of agreement from the other party/parties unless it is a joint application.
  7. Identify the entities that would own, maintain and operate vehicles
  8. Describe the data that will be collected and used to demonstrate the success of the activity/strategy. How will it be collected?
  9. Describe ways in which the activity/strategy can be replicated and/or sustained after Council-funding is complete.
  10. Describe the activities that will be used to disseminate/replicate the practice (turnkey training, workshops, seminars, apps) etc.

The Council is seeking proposals from applicants knowledgeable about transportation and transportation infrastructure in New Jersey, as well as transportation-related services and supports for the individual with I/DD in New Jersey, and who have the resources and demonstrated capacity to carry out the work described in their proposal.

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to:

  • Private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including shared use mobility providers, and technology system suppliers;
  • Operators of transportation services, such as employee shuttle services, airport connector services, university transportation systems, or parking and tolling authorities;
  • State, county or local government entities;
  • Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team including consultants, or not-for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education.

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 partners working together (state or local government, private transportation company, nonprofit organization, professional organization, etc.)

Specific implementation targets and deliverables will vary, based on each proposal. At a minimum, proposals must include sequential implementation targets and deliverables that address:

  1. Identification of resources/infrastructure.
  2. Data collection (quantitative and qualitative) to demonstrate effectiveness.
  3. Evidence that the activity addresses and moves the needle on the identified goals of the RFP.
  4. A plan for sustainability.
  5. A written plan that describes the project, its process and outcomes, along with recommendations for replication and expansion.
  6. Concrete and measurable activities to disseminate the practice (turnkey training, workshops, seminars, apps) etc.
  7. Benchmarks for project workflow, completion and tied to funding drawdown.

The applicant must submit written quarterly reports to the Council, which address the progress made on the implementation targets.  Contract payments are predicated upon successful completion of implementation targets and must be documented in order that payments are issued.

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

Contract Period: October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020
Funding Amount: $20,000.00 to $120,000.00*

*Funding based on the size and scope of work, and the number of individuals impacted. An essential element of the proposal review process will be determined upon the amount requested and the value as determined by the Grant Review Committee. Proposals that leverage additional partnerships and funding streams are strongly encouraged. Applicants may submit funding requests for one-year additional funding. There is no guarantee that funding beyond the initial contract period will be granted.

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