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

Funds available: $150,000

Proposals Due: April 9, 2021


The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council), seeks proposals by consultants, business acumen development organizations, noted subject matter experts, and others to engage in a demonstration project to provide technical assistance to 5 community service providers licensed, certified, or approved by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to reimagine, refocus, and rebuild their business and service models during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, the selected entity will support providers 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.

The goal of this initiative 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. The selected subject matter expert will work with the Council to select 5 community service providers to participate in this intensive technical assistance opportunity.


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.

To learn more about this opportunity, click the button below:

Rebuilding DDA Providers through Technical Assistance RFP


A pre-proposal information session will be held. The pre-proposal information session will be the only opportunity to ask questions. Attendance, however, is not mandatory.

Mark your calendar for Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon)

To register for the Zoom information session, please email or call Shawan Pearson at the Council; or 410-767-6249.


To be considered, proposals MUST be received by Friday, April 9, 2021 by 12:00 PM (noon).

Email your proposal to the Council at


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

Additional information


Those who wish to apply must use the Council’s work plan template. Click the  link below to download the form.

Rebuilding TA Project Work Plan Template


Those who wish to apply must use the Council’s budget forms. Click the links below for the budget form and budget instructions.

Rebuilding TA Proposed Budget Form

Budget Form Instructions


A non-federal match is required for this initiative. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of the project (not of the grant funds requested) is required from sources other than the Council. Matching funds may include in-kind supports or other non-federal sources of funds. Any in-kind support used for the match must have a value directly related to the grant. In-kind support includes, but is not limited to things like volunteer time, meeting space, and equipment not charged to the grant. Click the link below for more information.

Match Instructions


Any incorporated non-profit or for-profit organization may apply. Independent contractors are also eligible to apply. Collaborations between multiple organizations and/or individuals is permissible. Minority business enterprises are encouraged to apply.



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