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 2012-2016 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.
2017 Request for Proposals - Updated on 10/3/2016
Be sure to download the revised RFP and Grants Manual. Our processes have changed from previous RFPs. 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 with the applying entity. The deadline for submitting Letters of Interest for the FFY 2016 Inclusive Communities Grant Program RFP is November 1, 2017.
- 2017 Request for Proposal (PDF)
- 2017 Request for Proposal (Word Document)
- Letter of Interest (Word Document)
Current and Past Grants
For more information on grants please consult the Grants Manual or contact:
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
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)