The Council does not have discretionary funds beyond those published in our RFA books and our notices of funding for smaller grants such as Grassroots Grants.
- Throughout our five year planning cycle, the Council periodically issues “Request for Applications” (RFA) booklets covering issues of importance to PA citizens with disabilities and their families. In the booklet are descriptions of projects that Council will be funding and instructions on how grants must be written to meet the Council’s requirements. People on the Council’s mailing list receive the booklet in the mail. Other copies of the booklet are distributed by hand or accessed on the Council’s website. (Access the current RFA Booklet here.) The Council only accepts applications for the projects described in the RFA booklet.
- Under each specific “Request for Application” there are dates listed for preapplication conferences. A preapplication conference is a meeting time where you ask questions of the project officer from the Council who will oversee the funded projects. The due date and time are very important to note. If the application is late, it must be disqualified. Also, it is very important that organizations that are interested in specific “Request for Applications” send in the “interest form” (located within the Request for Application Booklet). This lets the Council know you are interested, which grants you are interested in, and assures that you receive a copy of the official answers to questions raised during the preapplication conference.
- Once applications are submitted, a group of evaluators read and score them according to criteria developed by the Council. Evaluators are volunteers and include Council and Committee members and also other individuals with expertise or knowledge in the particular area. The group discusses each aspect of the applications and ranks them according to how well they matched what the Council described in the “Request for Applications” document.
- Organizations who submitted grants are notified of whether or not their grant was selected. For those who had successful grants, there can be times when certain parts of their work plan or budget need to be explained further or adapted slightly. The Council staff will come and visit and a grant will be signed. Those organizations that are not awarded a grant are encouraged to call and discuss the evaluation committee’s findings with the project officer.
- Occasionally, the Council may accept applications for smaller grants such as those awarded through our Community Grants Program. These are announced on our website. These efforts also must follow a particular, if somewhat simpler format. Interested individuals can call the Council offices to get the appropriate application packet and schedule.
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