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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.

Family Outreach and Communication Grant

Summary

More than 90,000 Ohioans access services by working with their county board of developmental disabilities, direct support professionals, and provider agencies for the support they need to live the life they want. DODD recognizes the importance of families in supporting people to live, work and play in their communities.  

The goal of this project is to engage a group of up to five (5) CBDDs or Councils of Government (COG) across Ohio and their core teams of diverse stakeholders. The core team must include the following: a county board certified support services adminstrator, person who receives an adult day or employment service, a family representative, county board and/or  COG leadership, and DODD certified adult day or vocational habilitation provider. This group will be tasked with developing outreach and communication plans to the families they serve. 

This group will receive training in utilizing Charting the LifeCourse framework, set benchmarks for outcome measurement and develop plans for improving outreach and communication to families of the people they serve.

Entities Eligible to Apply

County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (CBDDs) or Councils of Government (COGs)

RFP Documents

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Grant Application

To ensure an open bid process is maintained, all inquiries regarding this RFP must be provided in writing only via email to DOD

Communication and Inquiry Information

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.  Only inquiries submitted by 12pm, 12/02/2019 will receive a response. DODD will post responses to these inquiries electronically by 12/11/2019 on the Grant Opportunities page of DODD’s website. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP.

Due Date

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 no later than 12:00pm, 01/15/2020. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP. Submissions can be no longer than 10 pages.

Planned Respite and In-Home Supports for Youth- SFY 20-21

Summary

DODD is seeking proposals that will increase the capacity for and utilization of planned, therapeutic respite and intensive in-home supports to prevent or reduce out-of-home placements, prepare for successful return home for youth in out of home residential settings, and improve outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and significant behavioral challenges and their families.

Entities Eligible to Apply

County Boards of Developmental Disabilities or Councils of Government

RFP Documents

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Grant Application

Communication and Inquiry Information

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.  Only inquiries submitted  by 12pm, 11/29/2019 will receive a response. DODD will post responses to these inquiries electronically by 12/4/2019 on the Grant Opportunities page of DODD’s website. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP.

Due Date

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  no later than 12:00pm, 12/20/2019. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP. 

Technology Ambassador Project

Summary

Many Ohioans with developmental disabilities encounter obstacles in daily tasks and activities, as well as accessing education and jobs. Technology can aid people to overcome these barriers and help them live fuller lives.  The purpose of this project is to increase information and resources around technology for individuals with developmental disabilities through the development of a Technology First- Tech Ambassador network. 

Tech Ambassadors are individuals with disabilities throughout the state who will promote supportive technology by talking about their personal experiences using supportive technology in their home and community environments. Tech Ambassadors will be required to complete in person peer mentoring sessions across the state and work with DODD to increase supportive technology resources.

Entities Eligible to Apply

Eligible applicants could include self- advocacy organizations, county boards of developmental disabilities, DODD certified providers, or council(s) of government. 

RFP Documents

Technology Ambassador RFP

Grant Application

Communication and Inquiry Information

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 .  Only inquiries submitted  by 12pm, 11/22/2019 will receive a response. DODD will post responses to these inquiries electronically by 11/27/2019 on the Grant Opportunitiespage of DODD’s website. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP.

Due Date

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  no later than 12:00pm, 12/18/2019. Subject lines of emails must contain the applicant’s organization name and the project name identified on the front page of this RFP. 

Ohio Family Network

Summary

DODD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to facilitate the development of Ohio Family Network (OFN) services, which will be led by people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as their families and siblings, and supported through collaborations with community partners. Family networks help expand access to information and training; foster connections to other people with I/DD, as well as their families and siblings; and increase community engagement and capacity. 
The goal of the project is to leverage the knowledge, diversity, and strengths of people with I/DD, as well as their families and siblings, along with public and private resources, to establish an Ohio Family Network of services that is deeply integrated with neighborhoods and local communities.

Entities Eligible to Apply

Eligible applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be an organization whose mission, or work performed within the organization, is consistent with the purpose of this RFP. 
  • The organization’s board of directors or responsible parties must include people with I/DD or a parent, grandparent or sibling of a person with I/DD.  
  • Proposed leadership of the project must include a person with I/DD or a parent, grandparent or sibling of a person with I/DD.
  • Must be willing to provide support to families across multiple life spans, from early intervention through aging. 
  • Must be able to provide support to families in multiple counties, at least three, in Ohio.

RFP Documents

Request for Proposal 

Grant Application

Communication and Inquiry Information

RFP Webinar/Call #1 - October 11, 2019

RFP Webinar/Call #2 - October 21, 2019

SFY20 Ohio Family Network RFP Questions & Answers

Clarification from DODD Posted - October 28, 2019

See RFP for additional details

Due Date

Applications must be received by 
12 PM  November 25, 2019

Submit via email to dodd.grant.applications@dodd.ohio.gov