Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence.


Programs & Funding

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities are federally funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. GCDD is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (the “Act”) of 2000 (P.L. 106‐402) to receive federal funds and act as an agent for systems change, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number is 93.630. The Council has the discretion to allocate these funds through a competitive grant process, solicitation of work, direct expenditure or a combination of these approaches. The Council is bound to grant awards only to the extent that the funds are or become available.

Through its grants program, the Arkansas Council only funds projects supporting its five year state plan. The Council’s plan outlines GCDD's goals and objectives in the following federal areas of emphasis: Employment, Community Supports, and Quality Assurance.

The Council has two types of grant programs: Competitive and Solicited. Funding recommendations are made by the State Plan and Implementation Committee comprised of Council members with a final determination made by the full Council. All grants are subject to the same administrative, program and financial requirements.

Competitive: The Council develops and distributes Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for its Competitive Grant Program. The RFPs are specifically designed to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council’s state plan. The program has an application process that includes the submission of a grant proposal. The competitive nature of these grants requires extensive review of all proposals.

Solicited:  The Council may identify projects for which specialized expertise or experience may be needed to accomplish specific goals and objectives in the state plan. In these cases, the Council may solicit a proposal from a state agency or university. Solicited proposals may occur at any time.

Requests for Proposals will be published in a newspaper with statewide circulation. Copies of the notice will be provided on this website, on GCDD social media and to GCDD mailing list recipients and/or to other organizations upon request.

For additional information contact: or 501-682-2897.


The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) was proud to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals on June 9th, 2017. The application deadline was 07/14/17 at 11:59 pm. Cnly completed, eligible applications submitted prior to the deadline are being considered for funding. The GCDD has called for a special meeting of the full Council on August 14th, 2017, to consider the State Plan and Implementation (SPI) Committee recommendations on applications for funding for the 10/01/17-09/30/18 project period.


August 14, 2017 - Special Full Council Meeting to consider SPI Committee recommendations on applications for funding.

August 15, 2017 - Staff Notifies Applicants of Funding Decision by Council and of Appeal Procedure.

August 16-September 13, 2017 - APPEAL PERIOD -Staff Processes Appeals and Transmits to SPI Committee.

September 14, 2017 - September Quarterly Meeting of GCDD. Appeal Review, If Any Were Submitted. Approvals from the August 14, 2017 Meeting Will Be Finalized.

September 14-30, 2017 - Staff Provides Awardees Final Documents For Signature. A Workshop Will Be Scheduled For Awardees (Sub Recipients).

October 1, 2017 - Project Period Begins.