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.


Rebuilding DDA Providers throughout Maryland through Technical Assistance

Proposals Due: May 14, 2021



The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) seeks proposals from community service providers, licensed, certified, or approved by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The goal of this project is to ensure people with developmental disabilities receive services in a seamless, individualized, and sustainable, way, whether they are at home, on-site with a provider, or in the community.

A maximum of five diverse providers will be selected to receive technical assistance from a subject matter expert selected by the Council. Each of the providers will work with the selected subject matter expert to transform service delivery models and business practices, recover and rebuild as needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify effective strategies that can be replicated.

Preference will be given to providers who have not received a TIP grant from the Council in the past. Those currently receiving a transformational grant from another organization or government agency are not eligible. Providers in a rural setting are encouraged to apply.


The Council’s mission is to advance the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. Our 5-Year State Plan, which furthers our mission by identifying our priorities, includes an objective that states: Increase access to community-based services and supports. This demonstration project will help to meet that objective and should be approached with that in mind.

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented responses by federal, state, and local governments that impacted the lives of all Marylanders, including people with developmental disabilities and their families. Specifically the pandemic resulted in statewide requirements to engage in social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine. As a result, many providers closed day programs, instituted shelter in place rules, and took other actions necessary to protect the health and safety of all people.

Providers have reacted to the challenges of the pandemic in a variety of ways. Some new practices have become industry-standard, but not in all places or for providers of all sizes. The project will help promote the best practices from inside and outside the industry to help providers reimagine, rebuild, and recreate services and supports.

Through targeted, customized technical assistance providers will improve the outcomes of people with developmental disabilities, including those with significant disabilities. This opportunity is intended to support but not supplant other assistance provided by DDA, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Maryland Association Community Services (MACS), and others.

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Proposals MUST be received by Friday, May 14, 2021 by 12:00 P.M. (noon).

Email your proposal to the Council at

IMPORTANT: Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged by email or phone. If you do not receive confirmation by 2:00 P.M. on May 14, 2021, contact Shawan Pearson at or 410-767-6249. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the proposal is received.


A grantee will be selected and an award made no later than June 1, 2021. Activities should be completed by September 30, 2022.


Community service providers, licensed, certified, or approved by the Developmental Disabilities Administration to provide services for people with developmental disabilities in Maryland are eligible to submit proposals. A preference will be given to community service providers who were not awarded a TIP Grant by the Council previously. Those already receiving transformational funding or technical assistance from the DDA are not eligible.

Applicants from rural areas are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration if their proposal meets the requirements of this solicitation. For this initiative, rural areas include: Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties in Western Maryland; Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Southern Maryland; and, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in Eastern Maryland.


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