Grant Opportunity Announcement: Growing Advocacy Small Grant

The application period for this opportunity has closed.

Grant Release: November 1, 2022

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

Award Announcement no later than: December 30, 2022

Award Amount: Maximum $10,000, minimum $5,000

Questions Due: Nov. 10, 2022

Answers Posted: Nov. 17, 2022

The New York State (NYS) Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD) is seeking grant applications that support new and budding advocacy initiatives in NYS, as well as strengthening the capacity of existing advocacy organizations. Proposals should focus on one of the following focus areas:

  1. Self-Advocacy Organizations: Supporting the growth or building the capacity of advocacy organizations run and led by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.
  2. Family & Caregiver Advocacy Organizations: Supporting the growth or building the capacity of advocacy organizations run and led by families or caregivers of people with I/DD.
  3. Other Non-profit Organizations: Creating new advocacy opportunities for people with I/DD in organizations across NYS.

Eligible organizations:

  • Nonprofit organizations (note: the lead applicant cannot be a for-profit organization; however, for-profit organizations may serve as subcontractors to the lead applicant)
  • Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, or hospitals
  • Disability-service organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Tribal organizations
  • Consortia, groups, or partnerships among organizations
  • Note: Organizations who received a growing advocacy small grant last year can reapply, but the program or activities must be different from the prior year.


Eligibility requirements: All applicants must be a registered Vendor in the NYS Statewide Financial System (SFS). Proposals received from eligible applicants who have not been registered will be disqualified from further consideration.

Application submission: All applications must be submitted through Survey Monkey Apply by the application deadline, below is the link to apply:

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the CDD’s Designated Agency Contact for this funding announcement.

Designated Agency Contact:

Jacqueline Hayes, Diversity & Inclusion Program Specialist

Phone: 518-486-7505

Email: [email protected]

For more information, please read the full grant description, included as a PDF document below.