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DODD competitively awards grants for work that supports Ohio's developmental disabilities system and the department's mission of continuous improvement of the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. All competitive grants follow a similar award process with some variation due to the funding source and program structure.

All questions and application materials must be submitted to dodd.grant.applications@dodd.ohio.gov. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the Request for Proposal, known as an RFP.

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Grant proposals, the Grant Application Form, and any other required documentation identified in this RFP must be submitted electronically to dodd.grant.applications@dodd.ohio.gov.

Employer Transformation Grant- Providers

2020-2021

Project Summary

DODD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to work with a selected Subject Matter Expert (SME) who are interested in developing a business model that will transform their organizational structures and fiscal strategies from facility based service providers to community-based employers. This grant will require the development of a transition plan with identified goals and milestones. 

Entities Eligible to Apply

Any agency provider (county board-operated or private) in Ohio that is certified by DODD, pursuant to OAC 5123:2-2-01, in Vocational Habilitation may apply to participate. If an applicant is county-board operated, the county board must submit a joint application with the DODD certified private agency provider planning to assume operations in accordance with the county board’s conflict free case management plan, if applicable. 

Communication & Inquiry Information

Inquiries may be submitted through 3/13/2020.

DODD will post responses to inquiries electronically by 3/24/2019.

Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP.                                                  

RFP Informational Webinar                                      

RFP Documents

Building Innovative Service Models - Providers

2020-2021

Project Summary

DODD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to work with selected DODD-certified provider agencies to create an assessment and a plan to expand innovative business strategies that adjust and align current business practices. The overall objective of this RFP is to support DODD-certified providers as they transform their organizational structures and fiscal strategies from facility-based to community-based service delivery models, including a focus on technology and assistive technology strategies in creating innovative practices.

Entities Eligible to Apply

Any agency provider (county board-operated or private) in Ohio that is certified by DODD, pursuant to OAC 5123:2-2-01, in any of the following may apply to participate: adult day support, vocational habilitation, career planning, individual employment support, group employment support, or non-medical transportation. If an applicant is county-board operated, the county board must submit a joint application with the DODD certified private agency provider planning to assume operations in accordance with the county board’s conflict free case management plan, if applicable.

Communication & Inquiry Information

RFP Webinar February 26, 2020 at 1:30p                                                

Registration Link                                                                                                                                                               

To ensure an open bid process is maintained, all inquiries regarding this RFP must be provided in writing only via email to DODD.Grant.Applications@dodd.ohio.gov.  

Inquiries may be submitted through 3/9/2020.

DODD will post responses to inquiries electronically by 3/18/2020 

RFP Documents

EI Special Training

In response to early intervention stakeholder requests, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) proposes to develop and provide professional development specifically for Ohio interventionists providing special instruction. DODD is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide the content necessary for the DODD training team to develop three competency based asynchronous courses:

  • Principles and practices for peer mentoring of first year developmental specialists
  • Principles of special instruction
  • Cognitive and social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities These courses will be grounded in adult learning and instructional design principals, which are essential for adult “students” to successfully change practices and build new competencies.

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