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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities (NDSCDD) Funding Opportunities

The NDSCDD is authorized to grant funds to public and non-profit entities and for profit organizations. There are several types of funding opportunities available through the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Innovative Grants are small grants for unique projects that by their very nature spark enthusiasm. The applicant should demonstrate expertise in the project area and creative collaboration and leveraging of other resources. Innovative Grants should respond to a barrier or issue that has not been successfully addressed to any real extent. Innovative Grants may replicate “best practice models” or propose an entirely new project that increases the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in community life, particularly around the areas of relationships, homes, jobs, learning, supports or transportation.

The ultimate outcome of Innovative Grants is to promote policies, systems change, and capacity-building that improve the quality of life for North Dakotans with developmental disabilities. See documents below to apply:

2015 Innovative Grant Description (187kb pdf)
2015 Innovative Grant Application (281kb rtf)
2015 Innovative Grant Work Plan (264kb rtf)
2015 Innovative Grant Budget Form (290kb rtf)

The Council sets aside funding (money) each year to support small, one-time-only projects or activities in North Dakota that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities (DD). Perhaps you are an advocacy group led by people with developmental disabilities that needs money to help you train or educate your members to become stronger advocates. Perhaps you want to start a new advocacy group. The Council especially likes projects and activities that try new things and support new ideas.

Since funds are not intended to cover the entire cost of project applicants should outline the financial match. This match can be demonstrated in actual dollars or in kind match/donations. There will be a required 30% match for all requests for funding. The deadline to submit the grant application is July 11, 2014 by 4:00 PM.

See documents below to apply for a grant:

2015 Self-Advocacy Grant Description (245kb pdf)
2015 Self-Advocacy Grant Work Plan (245kb rtf)
2015 Self-Advocacy Grant Budget Form (290kb rtf)

In order to apply for a grant, a team or committee must be formed that includes at least one teen or young adult with a disability and one adult support person. In addition, applicants are encouraged to involve other young people, with and without disabilities, to make the project a success. A whole class and their teacher could be involved, or a few students with and without disabilities could work together, along with a faculty member, community volunteer or other support person. Community organizations and teen clubs are encouraged to participate. School affiliation is not required.

Projects must take place between the dates of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Deadline for grant applications is September 8, 2014. See instructions and application below:

2015 Teen Grant Application (254kb rtf)
2015 Teen Grant Instructions (95kb pdf)

Funds may only be used to attend events that are consistent with NDSCDD goals and objectives as outlined in the NDSCDD Five Year State Plan, and not just for the benefit of one individual or family.

Funds are typically allowed to cover registration fees; transportations costs, including mileage; lodging; meals; personal assistant services/support person; other reasonable expenses related to attending a training event or conference; costs associated with bringing a speaker to a group of self-advocates or parents; and respite care.

See instructions and application below:

2015 Consumer Leadership Development Fund Application (273kb rtf)
2015 Consumer Leadership Fund Instructions (340kb rtf)

For additional information or questions, contact:

Cheryl Hess, MHR, CRC
Executive Director
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
1237 W Divide Ave, Suite 3
Bismarck ND 58501-1208
Phone: (701) 328-4847
Email: chess@nd.gov
Fax: (701) 328-8969

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