NOFAs (Notice of Funds Available)

GCDD Announces Notice of Funds Available
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Application Deadline: June 1, 2022

22DIV14 Civic Engagement in Rural Georgia - Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

The purpose of this grant is to fund grassroots efforts to promote civic engagement of those living in historically marginalized communities or rural areas across Georgia. The work will collaborate with existing grassroots coalitions and organizations to foster understanding of/engagement in civic engagement at all levels of government and to drive home the message that every vote counts. Participants will understand their voting influence on legislation and policies that affect their everyday lives with the result being a robust network of advocates that work to strengthen community led change throughout Georgia.

Grantees will have  proven experience with and knowledge of grassroots organizing, Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, Georgia’s election/voter registration processes as well as existing barriers to full participation in both, voter rights, cultivating relationships with partner organizations and community groups, working with historically underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, particularly in political and organizing settings.

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Sample activities grant awardees can lead include but are not limited to:

  • Providing transportation to participate in voting process
  • Lead webinars/create collateral materials to educate the public about:
    • Voting laws and rights,
    • Voter ID and additional eligibility requirements
    • Understanding candidates and referendums that will appear on ballots
  • Organizing volunteers to build community civic engagement and understanding

Requirements:

The GCDD is seeking an experienced civic minded organization with a track record of supporting people who are members of one or more of the following demographics:

  • Reside in rural areas
  • Aren’t native English speakers
  • Members of a historically civically underrepresented populations
  • Members of historically marginalized populations
  • People with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or their family members

Additionally they will have proven experience with and knowledge of grassroots organizing, Georgia’s election/voter registration processes as well as existing barriers to full participation in both, voter rights, cultivating relationships with partner organizations and community groups, building civic understanding and political action capacity across various communications platforms.

Applicants must provide summaries, websites, or program summary examples of past civic leadership work.

Expected Outputs:

  • Increase the number of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and family members who vote.
  • Increase the number of people running for office who are educated about the issues important to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

Timeline:

This Request for Proposals will be governed by the following schedule:

  • NoFA Posted in DD Suite- May 3, 2022
  • Applications Due – June 1, 2022
  • Staff Application Review - June 1 - June 15, 2022
  • Grants Selection Committee Review - June 15 – June 30, 2022
  • Council Approval – July 15, 2022
  • Award Recipients Announced – July 18, 2022
  • Contract Negotiations and Signed Contracts – July 18, 2022 – July 25, 2022
  • Start Date/Work Begins – August 1, 2022

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Tip: Be sure to include all included all requested attached with your application submission.


The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) makes funds available to fulfill its mission in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance Act (DD Act) and its Five-Year Strategic Plan. Through its funding, GCDD works to increase the capacities and resources of public, private and nonprofit entities to develop a comprehensive community system that responds to the choices, capabilities and needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The purpose of GCDD grants are to expand best practices and contribute to system-wide changes that support the rights of people with developmental disabilities and their full inclusion as community members. Recipients of GCDD grants are expected to be ongoing partners bringing about change. NoFAs can be found at https://www.ddsuite.org/

Eligibility & Requirements

Applications must be submitted online via https://www.ddsuite.org, prior to the published deadline. No hard copies will be accepted. Applicants must have or create a DD Suite user account and an organization account in order to submit an application. Go to https://www.ddsuite.org and click on "HELP TAB" for detailed instructions on creating DD Suite user and organization accounts.

Proposal applications must be received electronically in the DD Suite system by Midnight EST on or before the due dates listed in the above. Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason. The Work Plan must demonstrate how the proposed objectives and activities align with the reporting requirements described in the “Grantee reporting” section such as number and type of people served, and the number and type of people vaccinated as a result of the project.

Applicants must submit a completed and signed Federal W-9 with their application. Upload the form in DD Suite as an attachment. See attachment section.

There will be no debriefing for applicants who are not selected. All applicants who respond to this NOFA will be notified of the outcome of their application (awarded, application modifications requested, or denied) by email through DD Suite.

Restrictions on Communication

Applicants are restricted from communicating with GCDD staff and Council members during the competitive NoFA process (on matters concerning this NoFA). All questions concerning this NoFA must be submitted in writing by email to . Only written questions will be accepted. No response other than written will be binding upon the State.

All questions about this NoFA must be submitted in the following format:
Organization/Individual Name
1. Question
    Citation of relevant section of the NoFA
2. Question
    Citation of relevant section of the NoFA

The DD Council

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), is one of 56 entities of its type in the United States and territories that report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Community Living. It is authorized under Public Law 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 2000.

Our activities are governed by a 27-member board, appointed by the Governor and comprised of at least 60 percent individuals with developmental disabilities and family members. Other members include policymakers that represent various agencies and organizations having a vested interested in persons with developmental disabilities.

GCDD serves as an advocate for all persons with developmental disabilities. We are charged with creating systems change for people with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing opportunities for independence, inclusion, integration, productivity and self-determination. Activities include public policy research and analysis, reform, project demonstrations, education and training.

The GCDD is a state agency, attached to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) for administrative purposes.