How to Apply for Grants from the Colorado Developmental Disabilities
Council In order to fund innovative projects that address the
How to Apply for Grants from the
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
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) process.
focus the Councilís 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).
majority of the Councilís funds available for grants are distributed through a
Request for Proposals (RFP) process.
The Council will release announcements requesting proposals to respond to
specific priorities or initiatives to achieve specific outcomes.
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 Councilís and its Committeeís goals and objectives
if you are interested in talking with a particular committee about a project
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.
you are interested in responding to an RFP, you must register with the State
of Colorado. Check the State website at http://www.gssa.state.co.us/
or call the help desk at (303) 894-2039 for general questions about the BIDS
system, and technical assistance.
register with BIDS, vendors must download the forms from the website or visit
the State Purchasing Office. Vendors
must complete and sign a form, complete and sign a W-9 form for Federal Income
Tax purposes, and submit a check payable to the State of Colorado for $40.00.
The annual fee of $40.00 allows the vendor to download solicitation
specifications and to bid on State business requirements at any State of
Colorado agency, including institutions of higher education, for one (1) year.
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: