Grant Guidelines

Grants
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The Council was awarded $874,000 for the 2017-18 fiscal year, of which approximately $350,000 is awarded to sub-grantees to assist the Council in the implementation of our Five Year Plan.  All of our grants reflect activities from the Plan, thus unsolicited grants are not part of the process of the Council. Any innovative ideas for funding can be brought forth to the Council's Planning and Grants committee which will then determine if the grant is innovative, concerns goals in the Plan, does not supplant direct services, and is inclusive.  

 

How to Apply for Grants from the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council

In order to fund innovative projects that address the mission of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council (CDDC), the Council grants money through the Request for Proposals (RFP) or DQ (documented quote) process.

RFP's and DQ's focus the Council's funding efforts on achieving specific outcomes in the Federal Five-Year Plan priority areas (see a summary of the Goals and Objectives for the priority areas).

RFP process

The majority of the Council's funds available for grants are distributed through a Request for Proposals (RFP) and Documented Quote (DQ) process. The Council will release announcements requesting proposals to respond to specific priorities or initiatives to achieve specific outcomes.

The RFP process begins at the committee level, with a committee recommendation as to the scope of work and money to be granted for a given project. Check the Council's and its Committee's goals and objectives if you are interested in talking with a particular committee about a project concept.

An RFP reflects very specific ideas for a project that the Council would like to see implemented. The Council will be very specific about the areas to be addressed, methodologies, deadlines, desired outcomes and funding levels. Once the Council approves an RFP to be issued the proposal review and decision-making process begins, with the help of the Office of Procurement.

Please note that the Council caps grantee administrative costs at 10% of Council funding. For these purposes, administrative costs consist of organizational overhead that is not directly attributable to the costs of grant activities, e.g. audits, bookkeeping, utilities, rent, and etc.

The Council works with the Office of Procurement for the Department of Human Services to convene a committee of Council and community members that evaluates all of the proposals and decides which proposals to fund.

If you are interested in responding to an RFP, you must register with the State of Colorado. Call Mackenzie Helton at 720.941.0176 with  general questions about the system, and technical assistance. To register, vendors must download the forms from the website or visit the State Purchasing Office. Vendors must complete and sign a form and complete and sign a W-9 form for Federal Income Tax purposes.

You may access the Internet from your own computer at your convenience, or use a computer with Internet access at any public library. Be sure to check the website often for any changes that may be made to the original solicitation document. Contact the Purchasing Agent listed on each solicitation with specific questions about the project in which you are interested.

Links for information on how to write a grant proposal:

http://www.cpb.org/grants/grantwriting.html

http://www.npguides.org

http://www.businessinsurance.org/guide-to-grant-writing/

RFP and DQ

The majority of the Council's funds available for grants are distributed through the Request for Proposals process or the Field Initiated projects. The Council will release announcements requesting proposals to respond to specific priorities or initiatives to achieve specific outcomes.

The RFP and DQ processes begin at the committee level, with a committee recommendation as to the scope of work and money to be granted for a given project. The CDDC issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) and DQs or documented quotes.


An RFP, a Request for Proposals, reflects very specific ideas for a project that a committee would like to see implemented. The Council will be very specific about the areas to be addressed, methodologies, deadlines, desired outcomes and funding levels. RFP's that are issued for projects over $150,000 follow a formal process.

Who Decides on Which Group is Granted Money?

The CDDC works with the Office of Procurement to convene a committee of Council and community members that evaluates all of the proposals and decides which proposals to fund.

You may access the internet from your own computer at your convenience, or use a computer with internet access at any public library. Be sure to check the website often for any changes that may be made to the original solicitation document. Contact the Purchasing Agent listed on each solicitation with specific questions about the project in which you are interested.