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Announcement of 2 RFPs Regarding Inclusive Communities & an Advocacy Support Network

This announces the availability of funds to be awarded on behalf of the Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities by the Texas Rehabilitation Commission for two Requests for Proposals (RFPs)---for "Inclusive Communities" and the "Advocacy Support Network"--- are offered under the Council's "Inclusive Communities Initiative."

Background on the Inclusive Communities Initiative

To reduce service fragmentation and to encourage Communities to fully include all members in the life of their communities, the Council has embarked on an Inclusive Communities Initiative. The Inclusive communities Initiative will build on the work of Council grants and initiatives, using the findings and expertise developed by current and past grantees and, as appropriate, the new projects initiated by the Council. Applicants under this announcement are encouraged to consider applying for and conjointly implementing both of the RFPs as complementary and supplementary projects.

The purpose and expected outcome of the Inclusive Communities Initiative is to achieve full participation in the community for all members of the community, including those persons with a disability.

Inclusive communities

Expected Outcome of the RFP: In order to achieve full participation in the community for all members of the community, including those persons with a disability, the expected outcome of the Inclusive Communities project is five communities which have developed mechanisms and are implementing plans for solving community inclusion issues.

Initial Phase: Each project will develop an infrastructure for community problem solving and identify barriers and areas of community concern regarding the full inclusion of people of all ages and cultures in the community, including people with disabilities. An action plan identifying areas of activity and expected outcomes/results over a five year period will be developed during this phase.

Second Phase: The duration of the second phase is up to 4 years. The second phase will focus on the implementation of the action developed during the first phase. Applicants must demonstrate collaboration and planning in the application with agencies, organizations and individuals with whom they will cooperate to achieve project objectives. Collaborative applications among cooperating agencies and organizations are encouraged.

Product: The project will develop a four-year action plan for achieving a fully inclusive community.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants can be public agencies, private nonprofit agencies or private for-profit organizations, municipalities, civic organizations, or other entities involved in community betterment. Nontraditional applicants from diverse geographical and cultural communities are encouraged to apply.

Terms: Under this announcement, up to 5 projects will be funded for one year. Contingent on approval of an action plan, up to 5 projects will receive implementation funding for up to 4 additional years. The initial funding period is Sept. 1, 1997 - May 31, 1998. Estimated funding is to be determined by TPCDD staff but no to exceed $50,000 per project for the first year and up to $75,000 annually for years 2-5. Nonfederal match of 25% is required for the first year. A project located in counties designated as federal poverty areas requires a minimum of 10% matching resources for the first year. Increasing non-federal match will be required in years 2-5. Grant funds for the RFP were awarded to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission on behalf of the TPCDD by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $250,000 (75%) in FY 1997. A non-federal match in the amount of $83,333 (25%) is expected.

Advocacy Support Network

Expected Outcome of the RFP: In order to achieve full participation in the community for all members of the community, including those persons with a disability, the expected outcome of the Advocacy Support Network project is a viable advocacy network in 4 communities which results in enhanced advocacy capabilities among local advocates, stronger cross-disability advocacy at the local level, and support for local or regional cross-disability advocacy support networks. Collaborative applications among cooperating agencies and organizations are encouraged.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants can be organizations which are public agencies, private nonprofit agencies or private for-profit agencies. Nontraditional applicants from diverse geographical and cultural Texas communities are encouraged to apply.

Terms: Under this announcement, up to four projects will be funded for up to 3 years. Funding for years 2 and 3 will be contingent upon an annual review of performance, availability of federal funding, and TPCDD funding priorities. The initial funding period is Sept. 1, 1997 to May 31, 1998.

Estimated funding per project is to be determined by staff, but not to exceed $25,000 per project per year. Non-federal match of 25% is required for the first year. A project located in counties designated as federal poverty areas requires a minimum of 10% matching resources for the first year. Increasing non-federal match will be required in years 2-3. In-kind match may be accepted for all or part of the non-federal match in year one.

Grant funds for the RFP were awarded to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission on behalf of the TPCDD by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the amount of $100,000 (75%) in FY 1997. A non-federal match in the amount of $33,333 (25%) is expected.

Application Process for Both RFPs

For the application packet containing the full request for proposals, application forms and instructions, please submit a written or fax request to : Lester Sanders, Grants Management Director, Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, 4900 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751-2399, (512)424-4084 (voice) or (512) 424-4097 (fax).

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted at the Texas Planning Council Office, 4900 North Lamar Blvd., Office #5410, 5th Floor, Austin, TX until 4 p.m. on May 16, 1997. Copies of application kit will be sent by regular mail and will not be faxed to applicants.

These Request for Proposals were submitted for posting in the March 21, 1997, issue of the "Texas Register."

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