Requests for Proposals

The majority of projects that the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council invests in are funded through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Those RFPs will be posted here.


In 2017 the Council started a campaign to convey a simple point, #ExpectationsMatter #ExpectAbility. We knew that hashtags alone would not raise every expectation, or change every mind or every action, but we wanted to spur all of us – family members, providers, educators, employers, everyday citizens – to stop and think twice about what we think people with disabilities can do.

Circle that says Expectations Matter. Expect Ability.


To continue this work, the Council now seeks proposals for small grants that focus on raising expectations about people with developmental disabilities in their schools, homes, workplaces and communities so everyone feels respected, welcomed, and supported. 


The maximum amount for each #ExpectationsMatter grant award is $5,000. The Council expects to fund multiple grants for this initiative. 

The Council invites proposals for projects that continue and expand upon the work of our #ExpectationsMatter Campaign. People with developmental disabilities and/or family members must meaningfully participate in this grant project. Find additional information and other resources about the campaign here.

Time frame:


Application deadline: November 30, 2020 12:00 P.M. (noon)

Grant start date: January 1, 2021

Grant end date: August 1, 2021

Proposals MUST be received by November 30, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) to be considered. Email proposals to

IMPORTANT: Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive confirmation by 2:00 P.M. on November 30, 2020, contact Shawan Pearson at

Eligibility to apply:


Any person, group, or organization may apply for a #ExpectationsMatter grant. Funding can only go to a public or private, for profit or not for profit organization. If you or your group does not include an organization, the Council can assist you in identifying an organization to receive the funds on your behalf and dispense them at your discretion. 

To review the full RFP, click the button below:

Expectations Matter RFP


To apply, click the button below:

Expectations Matter Grant Application


To complete the budget form, click the button below:

Proposed Budget Form


To review match requirements, click the button below:

Match Instructions

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