Notice of Funds Available (RFP)

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

2022.A:  Family Empowerment Initiative

Specifications

Posted Applications Due Start Date End Date Amount MatchPoverty Match Council Staff
Sep 17, 2021 Oct 18, 2021 Jan 01, 2022 Dec 31, 2023 $150,000.00 $50,000.00$0.00 Tedra Jackson

Introduction

The Council intentionally focuses on race, ethnicity, and other intersectional identities to eliminate historical and systemic marginalization and create systems change. We recognize the strengths and abilities of all individuals with I/DD and their family members, from all races, ethnicities, and cultures. Through our activities and advocacy, our goal is to increase the number of disability leaders and advocates from African American, LatinX, Asian American, Arab-American, and Native-American communities.

Guiding Principle
We remain committed to support and expand opportunities for culturally diverse individuals with developmental disabilities and their families representing diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds across the State of Michigan. We seek to integrate an intersectional approach to increase the participation of people of color in DD Council activities and advocacy across the state. Our goal is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in a culturally competent manner, which is responsive to their beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and ensure effective and meaningful opportunities for full participation in their communities.

Cultural Competency
Culturally competent means services, supports, and other assistance that is conducted or provided in a manner that is responsive to the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language, and behaviors of individuals who are receiving the services, supports, or other assistance, and in a manner that has the greatest likelihood of ensuring their maximum participation in the program involved.

Racial Equity
It is good to think of racial equity both as outcomes and as the process for achieving the desired outcomes. As outcome, we will achieve racial equity when a person's race no longer determines their access or lack of access to resources, healthcare, education, housing, employment, and just treatment by police and in the courts. As a
process, we practice or enact racial equity when those most impacted by structural racial inequity (people of color) are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the institutional policies and practices that impact their lives. This practice is summed up in the declaration: “Nothing about us without us.”

Diversity, Equity, and Council Grantees
Given the Council’s focus on diversity and equity in all its work, we are facilitating a Cultural and Linguistic Community of Practice (CoP) for organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. The CoP will help participants create and implement organizational changes in values, policy, structures, and practices, so people of color with developmental and other disabilities can achieve equity of access and participation. This opportunity will be available in 2022. The goal is to transform the DD System by building the capacity of organizations to provide cultural and linguistically competent services to people from diverse communities. All DD Council grantee organizations will be strongly encouraged to participate.

Project Description

This project will educate parents and family members of children birth to twelve years old (0-12) by establishing partnerships with local and statewide organizations that support families of children with disabilities. The project will provide education and disseminate informational tools grounded in the Charting the Life Course Framework. The goal of this project is to raise the expectations families have for their child(ren) by introducing concepts such as, disability history and pride, rights, self-determination, employment opportunities for youth, benefits planning, and advocacy/self-advocacy.

Background

Early intervention has proven to be effective in providing support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes. Early intervention services can change a child’s path and improve outcomes.
That same approach can be true for mindset and perspective. Historically, parents of children with disabilities are shown one path in life for their child(ren); the path to a segregated and “safe” life. That path includes, segregated school and activities, sheltered work and sub-minimum wage leading to forced poverty and congregate living.

However, when parents and families are given an opportunity to see personal, lived experiences of others with developmental disabilities that shows them a different life for their child(ren) it can lead to a change in outlook, perspective, and expectation. That change in expectation can lead to a different path. That path includes inclusion and belonging, self-determination and supported decision-making, and employment and independent living.

Background

Early intervention has proven to be effective in providing support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes. Early intervention services can change a child’s path and improve outcomes.
That same approach can be true for mindset and perspective. Historically, parents of children with disabilities are shown one path in life for their child(ren); the path to a segregated and “safe” life. That path includes, segregated school and activities, sheltered work and sub-minimum wage leading to forced poverty and congregate living.

However, when parents and families are given an opportunity to see personal, lived experiences of others with developmental disabilities that shows them a different life for their child(ren) it can lead to a change in outlook, perspective, and expectation. That change in expectation can lead to a different path. That path includes inclusion and belonging, self-determination and supported decision-making, and employment and independent living.

Project Requirements

Project Activities
A proposal for the Family Empowerment Initiative must include a workplan that shows how the proposed project would achieve the Council's targeted outcomes and objectives:

1. Collaborate with family-serving organizations to provide educational opportunities for parents and families of children with disabilities age birth to twelve (0-12).
2. Educate families on the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and Tools.
3. Connect families to available local and statewide supports and services.
4. Develop and/or disseminate accessible informational resources for families.
5. Provide information to participants on DD Council grants and other capacity building opportunities.
6. Develop and/or disseminate products that will provide more in-depth information and assistance for families.

Outcomes:
1. Participants will increase their awareness of concepts related to living a self-determined life in the community.
2. Participants will increase their knowledge of Charting LifeCourse Framework and Tools.
3. Participants will have increased expectations of their child(ren)/family member.
4. Participants will increase their awareness of the DD Council.
5. Participants will increase in ability to ask for what they want.
6. Participants will have a positive change in attitude about their child(ren)’s future.
7. The DD Council will have an expanded network of family-serving organizations.
8. Children with disabilities will be supported and included on decisions effecting their lives.

Outputs:
# of parents and family members educated
# of partnerships established
# of products developed
# of people who receive products
# of learning opportunities hosted
# of project collaborators

Performance Measures:
1. IFA 1.1 The number of people with developmental disabilities who participated
2. IFA 1.2 The number of family members who participated
3. IFA 2.1 After participation in Council supported activities, the percent of people with developmental
disabilities who report increasing their advocacy.
4. IFA 2.2 After participation in Council supported activities, the percent of family members who report
increasing their advocacy.
5. IFA 2.2.1 The percent of people who are better able to say what they want or say what services and supports
they want or say what is important to them
6. IFA 2.2.2 The percent of people who are participating now in advocacy activities
7. IFA 2.2.3 The percent of people who are on cross disability coalitions, policy boards, advisory boards,
governing bodies and/or serving in leadership positions.
8. IFA 3.1 The percent of people with developmental disabilities satisfied with a project activity
9. IFA 3.2 The percent of family members satisfied with a project activity

Funding Priorities

Projects that assist unserved or underserved people with intellectual/developmental
disabilities will be given priority, including:
 Culturally or linguistically diverse groups
 Low socioeconomic areas
 Areas of the state with limited access to services and supports where people
struggle to participate in their community

Data Evaluation and Measurement

An evaluation of the project activities is required for grant projects using council funds. The evaluation must measure the extent to which the project achieved the goals, objectives, outcomes, and performance measures. The grantee may select the evaluation method(s) and process for the project and participants. Past evaluation methods have included pre-tests and post-tests, interviews, written surveys, and focus groups. Performance measures, outputs and outcomes will be tracked and reported on as part of defined quarterly and annual reports submitted to the council. A final project report is also required in the last year of the project period.

Collaboration

All council grantees will participate in and contribute to collaborative activities and coordination with and among council staff and other council grant projects, including the Youth Leadership Initiative, Developing Leaders for Life, Strengthening Communities of Color Through Leadership, and Self-Determination in Michigan, and the Community Transition Project. These activities will include at least quarterly meetings convened to:
1. Educate grant project staff on how to operationalize equity in the implementation of project activities; and
2. Coordinate activities, exchange information, assess progress on common goals, and provide mutual support.

Grantees must submit participant names and contact information for follow-up by DD Council.

Project Budget

The Council has up to $150,000 for one (1) project for a period of two (2) years. The project must provide local match (cash or in-kind) equal to 25% of the total project budget (1/3 of the amount of Council funds requested). Availability per year is expected to be:

FY 2022 (partial year) Federal (DD Council) $56, 250 Match $18,750
FY 2023 Federal (DD Council) $75,000 Match $25,000
FY 2024 (partial year) Federal (DD Council) $18,750 Match $6,250

Unallowable Costs

A. Entertainment expenses;
B. Capital expenditures or acquisition (construction, remodeling, or purchase of buildings);
C. The purchase or lease of vehicles;
D. Operations costs for existing programs;
E. Start-up costs for new businesses or organizations;
F. Large equipment (such as playground equipment);
G. Programs that are not fully inclusive (such as centers specifically for people with disabilities);
H. Direct supports or services or;
I. Therapy or treatment.

Eligible Applicants

Private non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education or governmental agencies that have access to the skills and experience needed to carry out the proposed project on a statewide basis, including:

1. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, self-determination and community inclusion for people with DD and their families.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and established relationships with state and local family organizations, policymaking bodies, and advisory boards for people with developmental disabilities.
3. Organizational capacity for and experience in:
a. Planning and coordinating educational events that includes multiple partners and collaborators.
b. Adult education and training for community members and on issues and skills.
c. Ability to address diverse learning styles.
4. Experience with, understanding of, and commitment to the social justice movement, and knowledge of the cultural factors that exclude people with developmental disabilities from decision-making processes in our society.
5. Experience engaging and implementing programs for families.

Assistance & Information:

A Pre-Application Conference for the RFP/NOFA for the Family Empowerment Initiative will be September 22, 2021, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. via Zoom Meeting.

Below if the connection information. You can find a live link to the Pre-Application Conference in the 'Attachments' section.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86758800943?pwd=NzZhak81QllhM3pldi8xT0ZMTzBNUT09
Meeting ID: 867 5880 0943
Passcode: 938098

If you have any questions please contact LaJone’ McClinton at McClintonL@Michigan.gov or 517-284-7297.

Please Note: First time applicants have been more successful in writing fundable applications if they attended the Pre-Application Conference.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be made available on the DD Council website October 4, 2021.

Application Submission:

Complete applications for Family Empowerment Initiative online in DD Suite and submit them by 11:59PM on October 18, 2021.

There a 15-page limit to the narrative, not including attachments.

A work plan, budget, and letters of support are also required.