Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 DD Relief Fund



The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (hereafter referred to as the Council or ICDD) has voted to invest $150,000 to the Arc of Illinois to fund time-limited demonstration projects to assist in filling gaps in services that people with developmental disabilities and families are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 DD Relief Fund will fund mini-grants up to $10,000 each with no minimum amount.  Our assumption is there will be no more than $10,000 to individual proposers, however, The Arc of Illinois, in partnership with the Council, will consider proposals for larger scale projects.  


  • Respond to emerging needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Reduce the amount of anxiety and isolation for individuals with developmental disabilities through innovative projects. 
  • Build and maintain community capacity to support the short-term and long-term needs of individuals with developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Support to direct care staff to be able to continue their work under these unusual circumstances so that the agency operations continue to provide the supports needed for the people they serve. 
  • Inform systems change efforts for future disaster preparedness and emergency response in Illinois and other states. 
  • Ensure people continue to engage with peers during this period of social distancing and isolation. 


Proposals are welcomed from all types of entities and organizations, formal and informal, including service providers, municipalities, service or trade associations, churches, civic or interest-based organizations, human service cooperatives, schools, education cooperatives, or other. The awardee must have a tax ID number in order to receive Council funds.


The Arc of Illinois and the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities will host an informational webinar on April 1, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm to answer questions from interested applicants regarding the COVID-19 DD Relief Fund opportunity.  To RSVP, click HERE.

Competitive Pay & Meaningful Days in Chicago 
Call for Investment (CFI)

Competitive Pay Meaningful Day Chicago CFI FINAL.pdf


On February 20, 2020, the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities voted to release the Competitive Pay and Meaningful Days in Chicago Call for Investment.  A Call for Investment (CFI) is the way the Council asks for proposals for projects that will help the Council achieve the goals outlined in its 5–Year State Plan.  The Council has a total of $175,000 for a minimum of 2 proposals.

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities is eager to support community employment providers in Chicago which are impacted by the City of Chicago’s recent City Council passage of a minimum wage requirement which includes people currently working in sheltered, sub-minimum wage settings. State and federal laws and policies are shifting toward requiring and supporting increased opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to work in their communities and to have meaningful days in the community when not working. 

The specific Performance Target for projects under this investment opportunity is:

Provider agencies licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services to provide Community Day Services to people with developmental disabilities (providers) in the city of Chicago who are impacted by Chicago’s recent minimum wage ordinance will: 

Implement self-identified programmatic changes to meet the City of Chicago’s Minimum Wage ordinance and intentionally shift services for individuals formerly earning subminimum wages to earn minimum wage or higher in a competitive environment and/or engage in meaningful day activities aligned with their ISP. See page 4 of the CFI for a definition of meaningful day.

Provider agencies in Chicago are specifically invited and encouraged to attend an applicant meeting to hear not only the process for applying for Council funds, but to begin your change process through this opportunity and with support available through this CFI and the Council. 

To RSVP and to receive the meeting location, contact Mariel Hamer at by 5 pm, March 11, 2020.

The Council wants to see budgets which are cost effective and reasonable to meet the proposed project activities and reach the project’s stated performance target. 

Important Dates: 

  • Applicant’s Informational meeting March 19, 2020 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Concepts due April 10, 2020 by 4 p.m.
  • Invitation to submit full application April 29, 2020
  • Full application due May 15, 2020 by 4 p.m.
  • Telephone interview (as required) June 4, 2020 TBD
  • Funding decision July 23, 2020

Unsolicited Proposals

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.  Funding opportunities for specific projects are announced on this page, ICDD's social media (Facebook and Twitter), and shared through a listserv.  Please contact to have your email included on the listserv.