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ICDD is excited to announce two new investment project opportunities!

CALL FOR INVESTMENT (CFI)

lllinoisans with Disabilities Vaccine Wraparound Initiative



Background
 
Approximately 61 million adults living within the U.S. have a disability, representing approximately 26 percent of the adult population. People with disabilities may have an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 based on where they live or the services they receive. Some people with disabilities live in group settings which places them at higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 in comparison to people without disabilities. People with disabilities may also require close contact with direct service providers, including personal care attendants or other care providers, who help with activities of daily living. People with disabilities work in the community, attend a day program, attend schools, live at home independently or with support, or may be homebound. Moreover, many people with disabilities have underlying health conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, and obesity) that increases the risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. In addition, research has also found that people with Down Syndrome are significantly more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 that the general population. There are increasing reports of barriers and unequal access in communities to vaccinate people with disabilities. For example, some people with disabilities may experience difficulties scheduling appointments, communicating, obtaining accessible transportation, or require direct support services to attend vaccination appointments. Others living in the community may be isolated or unable to leave their home and may require in-home vaccination.   
 
Purpose of this Funding Initiative 
 
The purpose of this funding initiative is to provide person-centered wraparound supports to people with disabilities to increase the number of vaccinations for people with disabilities and those that support them personally and professionally.
 
Call for Investment Important Information
 
The full Illinoisans with Disabilities Wraparound Initiative Call for Investment is available on ICDD’s web site under Announcements. Go here.
 
A total of $121,740 is available for one investment. 

An Informational Workshop will be held on June 9, 2021, at 10 am CDT for those interested in submitting a proposal. 

Register

Dates
 
•    Proposals are due: July 1, 2021 by 4:00 pm CDT
•    Awards are announced July 22, 2021 
•    Projects are anticipated to begin August 1, 2021
 
Who Can Apply
 
Community-based organizations with experience serving people with disabilities. ICDD wants to award an entity with proven established relationships in your geographical boundary. Please include at least 2 additional letters of support from partners you plan to formally collaborate with in this effort. Collaboration entities can include but are not limited to:
 
•    Local health departments
•    Medical providers
•    Schools
•    Faith based communities
•    Local government
•    Community Based Nonprofits
•    Local businesses
•    Transportation providers
•    Other
 
Call for Investment Performance Target
 
By August 30, 2022, the number of fully vaccinated people with disabilities and those that support them within a self-defined geographical boundary will increase through the provision of vaccine wraparound services. 
 
Project Requirements
 
These highlight a project’s activities. See the Call for Investment for the complete listing.
 
1.     Projects describe their target unvaccinated population to reach and have a strategy to reach and engage them.
 
2.     Projects will identify the specific assistance and support needed by targeted individuals to reach project goals for people vaccinated.
 
Funds may be used for the following activities (not an exclusive list):
 
•    Seeking out and identifying people with disabilities and those who support them who are unable to independently travel to vaccine sites
•    Providing education about the vaccine to bust myths and address hesitancy in accessible formats that could also include languages other than English as needed
•    Helping with scheduling vaccine appointments
•   Can be completed by using existing free vaccination sites, setting up vaccine sites, or arranging vaccines for individuals who are homebound through already existing State of Illinois programs
•    Arranging and providing accessible transportation
•    Providing companion/personal supports through each stage from scheduling to receipt of final shot
•    Providing technical assistance to local health departments or other entities necessary on accessibility of vaccine sites
 
We know that the COVID-19 vaccination needs are fluid. The activity period for this grant will end on August 31, 2022 and likely many changes will occur in this timeframe. With approval from ICDD staff work plans can also adjust to accommodate the following as needed:
 
•    Vaccine wraparound services as described above for additional vaccination eligible age groups of people with disabilities as they are established
•    Vaccine wraparound services as described above for booster shots if needed
•    Ongoing updated information campaigns as needed


CALL FOR INVESTMENT (CFI)

Hesitancy Hubs: Addressing and Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy

Hesitancy Hub CFI packet Final.pdf

Informational Webinar Recording


Background

Approximately 61 million adults living within the U.S. have a disability, representing approximately 26 percent of the adult population. People with disabilities may have an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 based on where they live or the services they receive. Some people with disabilities live in group settings which places them at higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 in comparison to people without disabilities. People with disabilities may also require close contact with direct service providers, including personal care attendants or other care providers, who help with activities of daily living. People with disabilities work in the community, attend a day program, attend schools, live at home independently or with support, or may be homebound. People with disabilities and those that support them personally and professionally may avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine due to hesitancy. According to the National Center on Biotechnology Information:

“Vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccination despite availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific, varying across time, place and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence.” 
 
Purpose of this Funding Initiative 

The purpose of this funding initiative is to address vaccine hesitancy in identified communities of people with disabilities throughout Illinois. This CFI executes the assurance to the federal Administration for Community Living to increase access to Covid-19 vaccines for people with disabilities.
 
Call for Investment Important Information

The full Hesitancy Hub Call for Investment is available on ICDD’s web site under Announcements.
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/icdd/Announcements/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx

A total of $25,000 is available to at least 5 entities at up to $5,000 each. 

An Informational Workshop will be held on June 9, 2021 at 1 pm for those interested in submitting a proposal. 

Register

Project Requirements

These highlight a project’s activities. See the Call for Investment for the complete listing.
 
1. Projects will identify the specific population or group to be targeted because of known hesitancy to being vaccinated for COVID 19. They understand the culture, concerns, and barriers of that specified group and can articulate touch points where strategic outreach or education (or other strategy) is expected to be important to overcoming hesitancy.

Population sub-groups must always include people with disabilities and their families or those that directly work with people with disabilities. Examples of population sub-groups to target include but are not limited to:

Specific disability groups
Specific employee groups that professionally interact with people with disabilities
Refugee communities
Immigrant communities
Homeless communities
Tribal communities
Faith based communities
Pre-teens and teens with disabilities and their families 
Others

We know that the COVID-19 vaccination needs are fluid. The activity period for this grant will end on August 31, 2022, and likely many changes will occur in this timeframe. With approval from ICDD staff work plans can also adjust to accommodate the following as needed:

Population sub-groups that become eligible for vaccines as time goes on. Example: adding children with disabilities and their families should it become necessary. 
Hesitancy around boosters should they become necessary

2. Projects use their knowledge and expertise with the identified group to articulate the specific communication, education, assistance or other strategy they feel will address the hesitancy reasons/issues and allow the project to reach its performance target. It is expected that all interventions are executed in the desired accessible format requested by the individual you are serving.
 
Communication strategies could include and are not limited to:

Languages other than English
Different media formats such as TV, print, and social media
In-person events as determined safe through COVID-19 guidelines

How to Submit a Proposal

If you or your organization is interested in submitting a proposal for consideration, it is strongly recommended that you attend the information webinar on June 9, 2021 at 1pm CDT. 



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 ICDDInfo@illinois.gov to have your email included on the listserv.