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

The RFP solicitation period has now ended. The following information is for reference purposes only.

2023 Request for Proposals

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Proposal Applications in response to two (2) Competitive Request for Proposals (RFP), which are due July 25, 2022 by 4:00p.m. ET. Approximately $300,000 is available for multiple awards. Grant projects will begin by October 17, 2022 and are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Office of Intellectual and Developmental of Disabilities.

The first RFP titled Diversity, Inclusion & Visibility focuses on the area of public awareness through sharing of culturally and linguistically competent information about the contributions of Virginians with developmental disabilities to their communities. Grant projects must also increase the overall public awareness of the Board’s mission and message to position it as a leader in the DD community, through effective outreach and interaction with stakeholders and the general public. The Board may fund up to $250,000 to one organization under this RFP.

Projects funded under the second RFP titled Strengthening Self-Advocacy in Virginia must be designed to strengthen an existing self-advocacy organization, or program within an organization, led by individuals with developmental disabilities, 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.

Diversity, Inclusion & Visibility RFP

Strengthening Self-Advocacy in Virginia RFP

Grantee Tip Sheets

Applicants are required to register with the Board’s DD Suite system in order to submit a Proposal. The 2023 RFP, Proposal forms & other important documents needed to complete an application in response to each RFP are available for download at

Board staff will hold a virtual Technical Assistance Zoom webinar on July 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET, for applicants interested in learning more about submitting a proposal application. Advance registration is required. The Zoom registration link is:

  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