Grant Programs: Changing Systems, Changing Lives

The Board is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the "Act") of 2000 (P.L. 106-402) to receive federal funds and act as an agent for systems change, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Board awards grants to non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, local public agencies, state agencies and institutions of higher education.

The Board's 2017-2021 State Plan outlines the goals and objectives in the following federal areas of emphasis: Education & Early Intervention, Employment, Formal and Informal Community Supports, Health, Housing, Recreation, Quality Assurance, Transportation and Cross-Cutting areas. The Board also releases an Assessment of the Disability Services System in Virginia. The Board grants advance the State Plan goals and objectives and Assessment recommendations.

What Types of Projects Does the Board Fund?

The Board promotes the development of a person- and family-centered, comprehensive system of services and supports designed to achieve independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities. The primary purpose of Board-funded projects is to effect change to policies, programs, and systems through the development of consumer-driven model programs that show effective approaches to a particular need, are or can be self-sustaining, and redirect or expand the scope of existing community programs. In addition to demonstration projects, the Board may fund, consistent with federal law, projects related to: outreach; training; technical assistance; supporting and educating communities; interagency collaboration and coordination; barrier elimination, systems design and redesign; coalition development and citizen participation; or informing policymakers. See highlights from recently closed grant projects here for examples of the types of projects the Board funds. Also, see the Grant's Manual for more information on the Board's Grant Program.

  Grants Administration
Grants Manual

2017 Request for Proposals - Updated March 27, 2017

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Letters of Interest in response to two Competitive Requests for Proposal (RFPs), which are due April 24, 2017 by 4:00p.m. ET. Approximately $400,000 is available for multiple awards. Grant projects will begin October 1, 2017 and are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental of Disabilities. .

The first RPF is Inclusive Communities Grant Program – Phase II. The focus areas for grant awards in this RFP are: integrated, competitive employment, person-centered healthcare, and affordable, accessible housing.

The 2nd RFP is Strengthening Self-Advocacy in Virginia Competitive Mini Grants. The Board has committed approximately $45,000 for up to 3 awards of no more than $15,000 each. Applications will be accepted from self-advocacy organizations led by people with DD or self-advocacy programs led by people with DD that exist within an umbrella organization. Funding will be considered for activities designed to strengthen the organization and/or program by enhancing leadership skill sets, organizational structure, and work to effect policy change.

Our processes have changed from previous RFPs. Applicants are now required to register with the Board’s DD Suite system at in order to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). In addition, new federal guidelines (summer 2016) require that we accept indirect costs. In the past the Board has not allowed indirect costs. We now, in conformance with new Uniform Guidance, accept a maximum of 10% of total modified direct costs (defined in our Grants Manual) as indirect unless we have a negotiated cost rate agreement with the applying entity.

The 2017 RFPs, LOI form & other important documents needed to complete an application are available for download at

  Event/Conference Support - Procedures & Application
On occasion the Board may support events or conferences that further specific Board State Plan goals and objectives. The Board has $10,000 available in State Fiscal Year 2017 (ending June 30, 2017) to fund events or conferences. Our procedures have changed! This document provides the procedures on how organizations may request funds for event or conference support. The following document is an Application needed to request funds for event support. (Word Format)
  Contact Information

For more information on grants please consult the Grants Manual or contact:

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-9375