Large Grants

Current Request for Proposals

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity.

The Council wants to increase access to the availability of information, resources, and training for people with developmental disabilities and their families in underserved communities across Maryland. To do this, we want you to submit proposals to train and empower “cultural brokers” in specific communities. A cultural broker is a member of the community they work with. They build trust and connections between community members and the services and supports they need and want.

Proposals are due August 7, 2023. The Council set aside $150,000 for this project that starts October 1, 2023 and ends September 30, 2024.


The Council held an information session on July 11, 2023 by Zoom. A summary of the questions asked and answered is below.


Summary of Questions and Answers



Click the button below to download the full RFP.


RFP for Cultural Brokers


Use the links below to access the budget form, budget instructions, and match instructions. These are the same forms in the RFP.


Budget Form


Budget Form Instructions


Match Instructions


Large Grants

  • Over $5000.
  • Fund many different types of projects and activities listed in our State Plan.
  • The Council issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) when we want to fund large grants. This is the only way to get a large grant.
  • An RFP describes:
      • What the Council wants to accomplish,
      • The kinds of projects we will fund,
      • How much money is available,
      • What proposals must include, and
      • Who can submit a proposal.
  • Any individual or organizations that is eligible to apply can submit a proposal.
  • The Council compares proposals and selects the one(s) we feel best meet all the requirements described in the RFP.

To get information when the Council announces a new Request for Proposals: