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DD Council Grantee Projects

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The DC Developmental Disabilities Council DDC) offers funding opportunities through grants, event sponsorship, and conference participation. The DDC awarding of federal funds through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 - Public Law 106-402, Request for Application (RFA), and action plan to assure the implementation of the DDC Five-Year State Plan 2022-2026. The federal funds' grants are awarded through the Administration for Community Living and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations published in 45 CFR Part 75.


FY23 Grant Awarded Under the State Plan Goals Self-Determination, Advocacy, and Leadership and Community Living:

Organization: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc.

Project Title: Family Ties of DC

Amount: $20,000


Organization: Special Olympics District of Columbia, Inc

Project Title: Family Engagement Council & Athlete Leadership Academy

Amount: $20,000


Organization: School Talk, Inc.

Project Title: Lives Apart

Amount: $19,248.53


Organization: RCM of Washington, DC, Inc

Project Title: My Body, My Choice

Amount: $2,050.00


Organization: RCM of Washington, DC, Inc.

Project Title: Next Chapter Book Club

Amount: $1,050.00


Organization: DC Social Hikes, Inc.

Project Title: DC Social Hikes

Amount: $10,000.00


Organization: Communication First, Inc.

Project Title: See Us, Hear US

Amount: $10,000


For additional information regarding this Grant Awards competition or to request technical assistance, please contact:

Luz Collazo, Administrative Support Specialist at [email protected]


Below are the grant awards made in FY20 and FY21:

FY21 Innovation Grant

Organization: Best Buddies International

Project Title: Promoting Healthy Relationships & Understanding Sexuality for DC Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Best Buddies Friendship Programs

Amount: $10,000


FY21 Grant Awarded Under the State Plan Goal of Employment

Organization: STEMSkills

Project Title: STEMSkills Online

Amount: $10,000


FY21 Grant Awarded Under the State Plan Goal of Employment

Organization: Advocates for Justice and Education

Project Title: IDEA Accessibility Project

Amount: $8,000


FY20 COVID-19 Relief Grants

Project ReDirect, Technology for Job Readiness and Development, $8,910

Quality Trust, Technology for Advocacy and Social Connection, $8,000

RCM of Washington, Technology for Next Chapter Book Club Participation, $3,200

School Talk DC, Social Connectors to Reduce Social Isolation, $8,162

Institute for Educational Leadership, Virtual Youth Advocacy, and Social Connection, $9,452


The DD Council invested $37,724 to reduce social isolation and maximize communication during a public health emergency and $64,080 overall into these innovative ideas in our community!