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.


OCTOBER 23, 2017

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is proud to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals for Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Services on October 23, 2017 at 2:00pm

Location: OSP Website

Details:  Posted on 10/23/17 to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of State Procurement website,

Bid Number:  GCDD-18-001-17A
Agency:  Department of Finance & Administration
Amended:  Bid Updated on 10/27/2017 03:43 PM 10/27/2017 03:43 PM CDT
Opening Date & Time:  11/13/2017 02:00 PM CST
Description:  Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Buyer’s Email:

Responses shall not be accepted after the designated bid opening date and time.  In accordance with Arkansas Procurement Law and Rules, it is the responsibility of Contractors to submit responses at the designated location on or before the bid opening date and time.  Responses received after the designated bid opening date and time shall be considered late and shall be returned to the Contractor without further review.  It is not necessary to return “no bids” to DFA Administrative Services.

Delivery Address:
DFA Administrative Services (OAS)
1515 West 7th Street, Suite 712
Little Rock, AR  72201
Attn:   Alan Saugey

Delivery providers, USPS, UPS, and FedEx deliver mail to DFA Office of Administrative Services’ street address on a schedule determined by each individual provider.  These providers will deliver to DFA Office of Administrative Services based solely on the street address.  Prospective Contractors assume all risk for timely, properly submitted deliveries.

Proposal Submission Requirements
Prospective Contractor shall provide the following:
Original signed Proposal Signature Page.  (See Technical Proposal Packet.)
Five (5) original hard copies of the proposal response which includes:
Technical Proposal response to the Information for Evaluation section included in the Technical Proposal Packet.
Response to the Official Bid Price Sheet.
The Official Bid Price Sheet, including the hard copy and electronic copy, must be separately sealed from the Technical Proposal Packet and should be clearly marked as “Pricing”.  A Prospective Contractor shall not include any pricing in the hard copies or electronic copies of their Technical Proposal Packet. 
Proposal response must be in the English language.
Pricing must be proposed in U.S. dollars and cents.

Proposals will be opened at the Department of Finance & Administration, Office of Administrative Services
1515 West 7th Street, Suite 712
Little Rock, AR 72201

The Department of Finance & Administration/Office of Administrative Services (OAS) issues this request for proposal (RFP) on behalf of the Department of Finance & Administrations Office of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (DFA/GCDD) to obtain proposals and a contract for comprehensive advertising, marketing and public relations services.  These services, used in collaboration with the DFA/GCDD administrative staff shall develop and implement impactful and innovative communications effective in assisting the DFA/GCDD in achieving its business objectives and core mission.

The initial term of a resulting contract will be for two (2) years.  Upon mutual agreement by the Contractor and agency, the contract may be renewed by OAS for up to five (5) additional years not to exceed a total aggregate contract term of seven (7) consecutive years.  The listed requirements in the RFP are for over the 7 year life of the contract. The anticipated starting date for any resulting contract is 1-22-2018, except that the actual contract start date may be adjusted forward unilaterally by the State for up to three calendar months.


JUNE 9, 2017

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is proud to announce the posting of a Request for Proposals on June 9th, 2017. The application deadline is 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.

TIMELINE FOR GRANT PROCESS - For 2017 Funding Opportunities (June RFP)

June 9 – July 14, 2017 Funding opportunities are advertised statewide to all interested parties

June 22, 2017 Technical Assistance Workshop for Potential Applicants,  2 sessions, location:  1509 W 7th Street, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas.

July 17-21, 2017 Council staff reviews and scores applications using risk assessment and scoring sheet tools

July 26, 2017 SPI Committee (SPI) receives final funding recommendations and rankings from staff

July 27 - Aug 8, 2017 SPI meets as needed to prepare their proposal to Council.

August 14, 2017 GCDD Special Council meeting adjourned to consider recommendations of SPI Committee for project to fund for the 2017-2018 grant period.

August 15, 2017 Decision notices sent along with appeal rights.

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.

October 13, 2017 - Technical Assistance Workshop for SubGrantees, 10 am till Noon at 1509 W 7th Street, Room 102, Little Rock, Arkansas