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Media Fellows Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Businesses, and Agencies
for a Media Mentorship Program Related to Disabilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

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Deadline Date:

11/02/18 5:00 PM Central Time


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, IHEs, agencies, businesses, technical schools, and faith-based institutions for a media mentorship program on disability-related issues. While the activities and outcomes supported by this program will mostly take place in Texas, any organization in the USA can apply. Funding is intended to train fellows on how to provide dignified and accurate representations in media of people with disabilities.

Including the voices, experiences, and knowledge of people with disabilities in media creation and coverage can promote:
- Accurate and dignified representations of people with disabilities and disability-related issues in the media,
- The capabilities and competencies of people with disabilities for policy and social change, and
- Positive self-perception among people with disabilities.

Through this grant project, TCDD will support opportunities for experienced media professionals to train and mentor a Media Fellow to create media that covers disability-related issues that includes the voices, experiences, and knowledge of people with disabilities.

The grantee is expected to conduct outreach and hire a TCDD Media Fellow through a competitive hiring process. A concerted effort should be made to recruit, interview, and select people who have disabilities. Additional preference will be given to applicants who plan to recruit people with disabilities who are also people of color and/or people who are bilingual.

The media created through this program should contribute to an awareness and understanding of disability issues that are consistent with TCDD's Mission and Guiding Principles.

The Mentor(s) and/or sponsoring organization will:
- Have the expertise related to the media creation and coverage to be practiced by the Fellow;
- Be competent communicating with and about people with disabilities;
- Understand disability etiquette;
- Understand and use the social model of disability; and
- Provide any accommodations, including technological support, needed by the Fellow.

Each organization receiving this grant will:
- Hire;
- Train, if needed;
- Mentor; and
- Support at least one media Fellow.

TCDD may give priority to proposals that address the needs of people who are unserved or underserved. This may include, but is not limited to:
- People living in rural areas,
- People living in poverty,
- People of color, and
- People with limited English proficiency.

TCDD expects:

The Fellow will develop knowledge and skills related to media creation and coverage that includes the voices, knowledge, and experiences of people with disabilities. Fellows will gain a deep level of understanding in the methods to communicate disability-related issues. Potential media platforms to be used could include but are not limited to:
- Newspapers
- Social Media
- Magazines
- Photography
- Blogs
- Film
- Graphic Design

The Fellow will develop his or her effectiveness at working in media outlets at the national, state, and/or community levels to promote accurate and dignified representations of people with disabilities and disability-related issues by the end of the project.

The Fellow will collaborate with persons with developmental disabilities, their family members, disability advocates, and other disability professionals to create media and cover the voices, experiences, and knowledge of people with disabilities within their communities.

The Fellow and mentor will document the activities involved in training the Fellow in order to develop a guide to supporting a successful Media Fellowship and to creating media and coverage that includes the voices, knowledge, and experiences of people with disabilities.The purpose of this guide is to provide information to TCDD, AIDD, other Councils, and other organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184440

Number of Grants:

Two projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

TCDD may award a maximum of $67,500 per year for up to two years.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021

TCDD does not plan to provide funding for these projects beyond two years. TCDD does not automatically continue funding each year. Organizations that are awarded funding must apply for continuation funding each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that meets the requirements set forth in this RFP can apply. Types of organizations could include:
- Government agencies,
- Nonprofits,
- Colleges and universities,
- Faith-based institutions,
- Technical and/or professional schools, and
- For-profit businesses.

The organization that applies for this grant must administer the grant and receive, disburse and account for grant funds.

Individuals may not apply for this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TCDD will hold an informational conference call to provide more information about TCDD's processes for proposal review and grant award. You are not required to attend in order to apply.

The informational conference call will be held: October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM CST.

To participate:
Phone number: 1-877-820-7831
Participant passcode: 649944#

Pre-Application Information:

Submit all questions about the RFP or application to Danny Fikac by 5:00 PM Central Time on October 19, 2018. TCDD will not answer questions about the RFP or application after that date and time. TCDD will post questions and answers on DD Suite as an attachment to this RFP by 5:00 PM Central Time October 23, 2018.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM Central Time on November 2, 2018. TCDD does not consider late applications under any circumstances, including user error. If you have questions about DD Suite and cannot find answers in the DD Suite Guide, email or call Danny Fikac. This should be done as early in the process as possible.

TCDD will notify proposers about funding decisions by February 28, 2019.

Grantees must provide a matching contribution each year. This may include:
- Ffunding from non-federal sources,
- Volunteer hours, or
- Other "in- kind" donations, such as office space and utilities.

Other federal funds may not be used as match. Items or funds that are used for match for another federally-funded project may not be used as match. TCDD prefers that the amount of match increase each year of the project.

Poverty counties are counties in which at least 20 percent of the people in the county live in poverty. The attachments to the RFP includes a list of counties that has poverty counties highlighted.

Non-poverty counties: Project activities located in counties not designated as federal poverty areas require matching resources equal to at least 25 percent of total project costs (up to $22,500).

Poverty counties: Project activities located in counties designated as federal poverty counties require matching resources equal to at least 10 percent of the total project costs (up to $7,500).

Information regarding TCDD Mission and Guiding Principles:

Contact Information:

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

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Danny Fikac, Planning Specialist

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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

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