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Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Planning Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


    The DD Act recognizes the important role that UCEDDs play in enhancing the diversity of the workforce, requiring that UCEDDs enhance efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented groups at all levels in order to respond to the needs of nation and burgeoning diverse communities.

    It is essential now more than ever to ensure that UCEDDs are well positioned to address the unprecedented growth of diverse communities, including the growth in the number of people with disabilities, to ensure the future yields prosperity for all. To this end, UCEDDs need to know how to align their training programs and overall UCEDD organizational framework to truly reflect and respond to our nation's rich diversity.

    The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), Administration on Disabilities (AOD), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2017 funds to award, on a competitive basis, one year National Training Initiative (NTI) grants to multiple University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs). AIDD plans to award up to four Partnership Planning grants to pay for the federal share of this initiative.

    The long term goals of this program are:
    • Increasing diversity of leadership, staff and governing bodies across the DD network;
    • Building cultural competence capacity with the leadership, staff, and governing bodies across the DD network;
    • Increasing the number of persons from underrepresented racial, ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people from disadvantaged backgrounds who benefit from AIDD supported programs; and
    • Improving the recruitment and employment of underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and people from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds in the UCEDD.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Funds will be used to support the development of a partnership training program. These partnership planning grants will be with Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) as defined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008; community colleges, and training programs that serve people from underrepresented communities.

    Training grant funds may not be used for travel support for conference attendance. The following activities are not fundable:
    • Construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings
    • Basic research (e.g. scientific or medical experiments)
    • Continuation of existing projects without expansion or new and innovative approaches


    Pamela O'Brien

    Pamela O'Brien
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W
    Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 795-7417

    LaDeva T. Harris

    LaDeva T. Harris
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W
    Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 795-7360

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are current AIDD grantees that are designated UCEDDs. The 67 UCEDDs are listed at /AIDD/Programs/UCEDD/Contacts.aspx.

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Intent are to be submitted by May 22, 2017. Applications are to be submitted via by June 6, 2017.

    Award Details

    Approximately $200,000 is available in total funding. Four awards will be granted for up to $50,000. A cost share of at least 25% is required. 
    Reduced Match Amount - 10% match to the total federal funds for the UCEDDs whose activities or products target individuals with developmental disabilities who live in an urban or rural poverty area.


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