This is the second round of RFPs for the DSD innovation small grants, and the sixth RFP overall for the innovation grants program. This is an optional opportunity, not a requirement. It is open to anyone to apply, including current vendors. There have been almost 40 grant contracts awarded from the previous rounds. For a list of all awarded grantees, see the Innovation grants awarded webpage.
Competitive, integrated employment, integrated housing and direct care/support will be needed continually to support people with disabilities beyond the term of the contract. The term of this RFP is two years. When new funding becomes available and a new RFP is published, anyone, including current vendors, may compete again.
We have had five rounds of innovation grant RFPs so far; this current round is the sixth. All grantees submit quarterly reports. We are conducting a formal evaluation with the 10 grantees selected from the two most recent large grant rounds. The first round of innovation small grant contracts will end in December 2020. Evaluative information will be gathered at the conclusion of these contracts and shared on the DSD innovation grants webpage. We are convening a community of practice for current grantees.