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Grants Program

Our Grants Program supports the mission and core values of the Council. U.S. Congress provides grant and operating funds to councils in every state and sets the requirements for how those funds can be used. MiDDC develops a five-year strategic plan with input from self-advocates, family members, partners, committees, and the general public to determine how to use the grant funding. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Our grants have funded a variety of amazing projects and studies. Council grants build coalitions, influence public attitudes, cut across cultural barriers, and encourage people with disabilities to plan their own lives. Grant projects support the efforts of people to direct their own lives, work and contribute to their communities.
Many of our grantees have used council funds to change systems to improve the lives of thousands of Michigan residents with developmental disabilities. Projects which ended years ago continue to support change and the self-determination of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in their communities.

MiDDC grantees target changes in:

1. The system. Our grants focus on changing the way services and supports are provided, including everyday services anyone in the community might receive.
2. The community. Our grants focus on changing attitudes, awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.
3. The lives of people with I/DD. Our grants focus on changes to help people with I/DD take charge of their own lives, and they provide support for people with I/DD to live, work, play, and participate in inclusive communities.

For more information about the grants program check out "Applying for A DD Council Grant".

The council does not accept unsolicited proposals.  Current Funding Opportunities are available here.