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

This RFP has closed and the content below is for informational purposes.

2023 Request for Proposals

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is seeking Proposal Applications in response to its Competitive Request for Proposal (RFP), which is due November 18, 2022 by 4:00p.m. ET. Approximately $200,000 is available for one (1) award. The selected grant project will begin by January 16, 2023 and is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Office of Intellectual and Developmental of Disabilities. 

Through its RFP titled Diversity, Inclusion & Visibility, the Board seeks to award funds to an organization to develop a comprehensive, statewide public awareness campaign that increases awareness of the value of fully including people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of the community, as well as provide information on topics and issues impacting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Diversity, Inclusion & Visibility RFP

Grantee Tip Sheets

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

For instructions to create a DD Suite account, please see the below link.

In addition, Board staff will hold a virtual Technical Assistance Zoom webinar on October 25, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET, for applicants interested in learning more about submitting a proposal application. Advance registration is required. The Zoom registration link is included below:

  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