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Supported-Decision-Making (SDM)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to
Improve Healthcare for Adults with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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WITH Foundation (WITH), the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Ability Central

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/04/19 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs to encourage geographic collaborations that improve healthcare for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funding is intended to foster new partnerships in local communities that will lead to improved health care quality and delivery for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proposals should focus on the development of additional resources, programmatic models, and/or advocacy related to Supported Decision-Making (SDM) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Proposals should use one of the following approaches:
- Educational materials and/or Process Development: Develop additional educational resources and/or process information related to SDM
- Place-based Implementation: Supports place-based implementation of SDM models, i.e. projects that support the implementation of supported decision-making within a specific healthcare institution or system, community organization, etc.)
- Advocacy: Supports local, regional, or national advocacy related to SDM

The four tenets of informed consent should be addressed in a proposal’s approach are:
- Does the individual understand the treatment that is being proposed and the reason for the treatment?
- Does the individual understand the risks and benefits of accepting the proposed treatment?
- Does the individual understand the risks and benefits of rejecting the proposed treatment?
- Has the individual had the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about the proposed treatment in a manner that is understood by the individual?

For additional proposal components, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181843

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that at least 4 grant awards will be made - at least two (2) of the grants awarded will be to nonprofits located in California and at least two (2) will also be to nonprofits located outside of California.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant award will be up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The 1-year grant period is expected to begin by March 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Suggested Applicants
1. University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
2. Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs
3. Other Not-for-Profits 501(c)(3) - Healthcare, Community, and Disability organizations

UCEDD and/or LEND programs and other Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. The RFP encourages the development of new partnerships between community, healthcare, disability, and/or UCEDD, and LEND programs. If the proposed project includes organizations that have an established/existing partnership(s), the proposed project should include significant and new efforts undertaken by the partnership and/or new partners joining the existing collaborative efforts.

Applicants are asked to self-select their geographical area of focus (which must be within the United States). In the event that a collaborative proposal is submitted, a lead organization must be selected (by the applicant) for the proposed project. The lead organization is responsible for executing MOUs between themselves and the collaborating organizations. Copies of the MOUs must be provided in the “Letters of Support” section of the application process.

The following areas are excluded for receiving funding through this RFP:
- Specific therapies that are provided outside of a formal healthcare setting - i.e. physical fitness and/or nutritional programs (“healthy lifestyle programs”)
- Occupational, physical, and speech therapies, equestrian therapy, etc.
- Projects that do not address healthcare delivery
- Funding for political campaigns, candidates, or legislation
- Funding for Individuals and/or equipment for individuals
- Organizations or programs that are based and/or provide services to populations outside the United States
- Endowments and organizational debt reduction
- Capital campaigns and building related requests
- Direct medical service and filling funding gaps between service costs and insurance reimbursement
- Administrative expenses exceeding 20% of the total funding request.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A conference call will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2pm ET/11am PDT to answer any questions pertaining to the project design and/or the application. Call in information:
- Phone Number: 866-317-5076
- No Passcode Required

The call will not be recorded. However, a summary of the Q&As discussed during the call will be provided on the WITH Foundation website at:

The Q&A summary will be available online by August 13, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is September 4, 2019, 11:59 PM PDT. Applicants will receive email notification within three working days that their proposal was received and is complete.

Notice of awards will be announced and released prior to March 1, 2020.

How to apply:



Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

WITH Foundation
2225 E. Bayshore Rd., Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303

P: 650-320-1715
F: 650-320-1716

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming