Foundation / Corporation
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)
11/02/18 5:00 PM Central Time
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:
- 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.
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:
- Social Media
- 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#: 184440
TCDD may award a maximum of $67,500 per year for up to two years.
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.
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
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)