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 Grants Manual for more information on the Board's Grant Program.

  Grants Administration

2021 Request for Proposals

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Proposal Applications in response to its Competitive Request for Proposal (RFP), which are due July 30, 2021 by 4:00p.m. ET. Approximately $100,000 is available for one (1) grant award. Grant projects will begin September 1, 2021 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 RFP titled Assessment of Information Access focuses on the area of community supports. Through this RFP, the Board will support culturally and linguistically competent initiatives to improve how people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their support networks identify, understand, plan, access and utilize available community services and supports. Funding will be considered for one grant project that is designed to result a clear and concise written assessment of qualitative and quantitative aspects of  how and where people with developmental disabilities and their families currently access information about community services and supports across the life span, and recommendations for improvement. The assessment will support sustainable systems change to transform the current fragmented disability service system into a coordinated and effective system, thereby promoting the self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. 

Assessment of Information Access

Applicants are required to register with the Board’s DD Suite system in order to submit a Proposal. The 2021 RFP, Proposal forms & other important documents needed to complete an application in response to the RFP 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