Notice of Funds Available (RFP)

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

23PP02SC23:  Public Policy Research Grants


Posted Applications Due Start Date End Date Amount MatchPoverty Match Council Staff
May 20, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Oct 01, 2022 Sep 30, 2023 $100,000.00 $33,333.00$0.00 Paul Jarvis


The Data and Policy Research Grant is established to support the collection and analysis of data that will provide Council, advocates and policymakers with objective research and findings that promote systemic change and capacity building to improve services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.


Applicants should identify one of the three topics below to form their research proposal around. Questions included in the topics included below should help guide any research project developed to achieve the outcome of the project. 


The Makeup of Our System

What do our County Boards look like? Are they representative of the system they serve? Are the staff representative of the state of Ohio? How are boards doing in terms of communicating appointment opportunities? How are boards doing in terms of educating the community about their needs, their outcomes, their successes or failures? How easy is it to identify opportunities to serve on each board? Who is applying to serve on boards and are not successful, compared to those who are? Are boards publicizing their budgets, their revenues and disbursements? Does the board publish an annual report? Does staffing vary based on budget, population, county? 


Provider Crisis

A longitudinal examination of providers of DD services in Ohio. Have the number of provider agencies grown or reduced? Does the demographic makeup of provider agency staff represent the makeup of the state of Ohio? What was funding 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago on a pro-rated basis compared to the number of people served? Has funding kept pace with inflationary pressure? 


Analysis of the Distribution of Services and Supports Across the State

How transitory are Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities and their families based on available resources? What impact does that have on family income, lifestyle, harmony? If a family or individual with a developmental disability determines they must move for resources, what are the leading or key factors in determining where they should move? 


There are no restrictions on the type of entity that may apply for this project.

All applications must include three (3) letters of recommendation, the resume of the project director, and the names of the organization’s board members (if the applicant is an organization with a governing board), proof of non-profit status (if the applicant is a non-profit organization), a copy of the applicant’s most recent federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (if requesting indirect costs and not using the de minimis rate), and a signed copy of the Council’s Assurances form, which will be available on the DD Suite application website. These materials can be uploaded as part of the application submission in DD Suite.


This NOFA is accompanied by several attachments. Please download and review each attachment prior to beginning the grant application process. The attachments include:

State Plan Language - This is a complete description of the project which includes intended outcomes and proposed performance measures.

DD Council Assurances - These assurances must be signed and attached as part of the application submission. Refusal to include a completed DD Council Assurances form will result in the application being removed from consideration.

Grantee Guidelines - This document includes important information about the requirements of a DD Council grantee.