Grant Programs: Changing Systems, Changing Lives

The Board is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the "Act") of 2000 (P.L. 106-402) to receive federal funds and act as an agent for systems change, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Board awards grants to non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, local public agencies, state agencies and institutions of higher education.

The Board's 2017-2021 State Plan outlines the goals and objectives in the following federal areas of emphasis: Education & Early Intervention, Employment, Formal and Informal Community Supports, Health, Housing, Recreation, Quality Assurance, Transportation and Cross-Cutting areas. The Board also releases an Assessment of the Disability Services System in Virginia. The Board grants advance the State Plan goals and objectives and Assessment recommendations.

What Types of Projects Does the Board Fund?

The Board promotes the development of a person- and family-centered, comprehensive system of services and supports designed to achieve independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities. The primary purpose of Board-funded projects is to effect change to policies, programs, and systems through the development of consumer-driven model programs that show effective approaches to a particular need, are or can be self-sustaining, and redirect or expand the scope of existing community programs. In addition to demonstration projects, the Board may fund, consistent with federal law, projects related to: outreach; training; technical assistance; supporting and educating communities; interagency collaboration and coordination; barrier elimination, systems design and redesign; coalition development and citizen participation; or informing policymakers. See highlights from recently closed grant projects here for examples of the types of projects the Board funds. Also, see the Grant's Manual for more information on the Board's Grant Program.

  Grants Administration

2019 Request for Proposals - Application Period Has Closed

The submission period for Letters of Interest is has ended. The Board is now considering proposals. The information below is for reference purposes only.

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Letters of Interest (LOIs) in response to two (2) Competitive Request for Proposals (RFP), which are due January 17, 2019, by 4:00p.m. ET. Approximately $550,000 is available for multiple awards. Grant projects will begin August 1, 2019, and are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental of Disabilities.

The first RFP titled Creating Inclusive Communities focuses on the areas of formal/informal community supports for people with developmental disabilities and services as well as on improving or expanding services and supports for underserved and/or inequitably served persons within the overall population of people with developmental disabilities. The Board has approximately $500,000 available for multiple projects. Funding for individual projects under this RFP may range from $10,000 to $150,000 and will be considered for projects that are designed to result in sustainable systems change, effect long-term changes to policies and practices, build capacity, and/or expand the scope of existing programs.

Projects funded under the second RFP titled Strengthening Self-Advocacy in Virginia must be designed to strengthening an existing self-advocacy organization, or program within an organization, led by individuals with DD, by improving an organization’s skill set, structure and/or work to effect policy change. The Board has reserved total funding of up to $50,000 for one or more projects under this RFP.

Applicants are required to register with the Board’s DD Suite system in order to submit a LOI. The 2019 RFP, LOI form & other important documents needed to complete an application are available for download at

  Event/Conference Support - Procedures & Application
On occasion the Board may support events or conferences that further specific Board State Plan goals and objectives. The Board has $10,000 available each State Fiscal Year (ending June 30) to fund events or conferences. Our procedures have changed! This document provides the procedures on how organizations may request funds for event or conference support. The following document is an Application needed to request funds for event support. (Word Format)
  Contact Information

For more information on grants please consult the Grants Manual or contact:

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-9375