The Council administers federal funds to develop and support innovative practices that promote the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in their communities. The issues and priorities identified by the Council for grant projects are based on the Council’s Five Year State Plan.
The Council typically funds grants for up to three years. They are expected to demonstrate new methods for supporting people with developmental disabilities, have a state-wide impact, be replicable, and not replace the funding responsibility of another agency or legal mandate. The Council also provides funding in the form of stipends to organizations holding state-wide conferences to assist people with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to attend.