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Human Dignity and Civil Rights for People with Disabilities

Contract for Services to a USA Nonprofit, IHE, Hospital, or Agency
to Improve Access to Healthcare for Individuals with Disabilities

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Disabilities (AOD)

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08/19/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Contract for services to a USA nonprofit, faith-based organization, IHE, hospital, or government agency for the development and dissemination of resources to the medical community in support of equal access to medical care for individuals with disabilities.

The Administration on Disabilities (AOD) seeks to fund a three-year cooperative agreement for the development, testing and dissemination of resources for the medical community to better support the rights of all individuals with ID/DD to access all forms of health care. The goal of this project is to ensure that Americans with ID/DD experience improved access to health care, life-saving treatments, and to mental health care - leading to greater equitable health care across our nation free from discrimination by carrying out the following three main activities:

- Conduct gap analysis of existing data and research, medical curricula, policies, guidelines, and protocols around medical discrimination issues that exist for the ID/DD population, including in areas such as organ transplants, pre-natal counseling, aging, end of life, mental health referrals, suicide ideation and any others identified by the applicant;

- Convene a panel of partners and stakeholders to use findings from gap analysis to develop and validate protocols to support medical professionals treating patients with ID/DD without discrimination; and

- Conduct national disseminate of protocols to multiple professionals in the medical and allied health fields to raise awareness of the issue and the resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186198

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $380,000

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Applicants should demonstrate support of civil rights across the lifespan for people with disabilities.

Applicants are expected to partner with local, state, and national level organizations, agencies and other relevant stakeholders, including at least one self-advocacy organization and one family-led organization, to conduct all three project activities. The DD Act defines "advocacy"; as an active support of policies and practices that promote self-determination and inclusion in the community and workforce for individuals with ID/DD and their families.

Successful applicants will propose a coordinated approach across various partners. A signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the members of the partnership must be submitted as part of the application. The agreement should describe how the entities participated in the development of the application and more importantly, how they plan to work together to ensure the goals and objectives included in the application are achieved.

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

Meals are generally unallowable except for the following:
- For subjects and patients under study (usually a research program);
- Where specifically approved as part of the project or program activity, e.g., in programs providing children’s services (e.g. Head Start);
- When an organization customarily provides meals to employees working beyond the normal workday, as a part of a formal compensation arrangement,
- As part of a per diem or subsistence allowance provided in conjunction with allowable travel; and
- Under a conference grant, when meals are necessary and integral part of a conference, provided that meal costs are not duplicated in participants' per diem or subsistence allowances. (Note: conference grant means the sole purpose of the award is to hold a conference.)

Pre-Application Information:

The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with the System for Award Management and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

Due Date for Applications: 08/19/2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties.

Successful applicants will receive an electronic Notice of Award on or around September 27, 2019.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Project Officer:
Katherine Cargill-Willis
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Washington, DC 20201 (202) 795-7322

Grants Management Specialist:
LaDeva Harris
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Washington, DC 20201 (202) 795-7360

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