2022 IDEAL RRTC Community Grants

Partnering with Communities to Promote Healthy Aging for People with Physical Disabilities

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The IDEAL RRTC will award Community Grants to community organizations in the form of up to $12,000 in funding for a 12-month period. Awards support the development or provision of a program, service, or intervention that is expected to improve the health and wellness of individuals living with long-term physical disabilities.

Organizations should operate from or provide services/programming to socioeconomically, racially/ethnically, and/or LGBTQIA+ marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan.

Click here to download the IDEAL RRTC Community Grant Application (MS Word).

2021 Grant Awardees

In 2021 U-M CDHW awarded grants to three organizations. Click an organization name below for more information about what they are doing in their communities.

Application Quick Links

Primary Goals Of Community Grants

  • Facilitate the development or expansion of community programs or services identified by people within the community and relevant to the needs, concerns, and strengths of adults with physical disabilities
  • Help create and demonstrate the effectiveness of community programs 
  • Assist community organizations in developing grant-writing skills to support the long-term sustainability of those programs
  • Create and promote partnerships between University of Michigan researchers and disability and community organizations in racially/ethnically, socioeconomically, and/or LGBTQIA+ marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan
  • Support mutual training and knowledge enhancement that is responsive to these communities’ unique needs, strengths, and concerns.

Important Program Dates

Information Session (Zoom webinar)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm Eastern time. Send an email for the zoom link or call-in information to: UM-Disability-Health@med.umich.edu and/or to set up an individual time to discuss questions or projects.

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 pm Eastern time on Monday, October 18, 2021

Award Notification Date: Monday, November 15, 2021

Award Start Date: No earlier than Monday, January 4, 2022

Quarterly Reporting Deadlines (Reporting guidelines to be provided):

  • April 1, 2022: Brief report
  • July 1, 2022: Brief report
  • October 1, 2022: Brief report
  • January 3, 2023: Comprehensive final report

Disbursement of Funds

  • 1st Disbursement: by January 2022 (45% of grant)
  • 2nd Disbursement: July 2022, or upon receipt of April 1 and July 1 quarterly reports (45%)
  • Final Disbursement: January 2023, or upon receipt of October 1 quarterly report and final January 3 reports (10%)

Program Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must be:

  • Operating from or providing services and/or programming in socioeconomically, racially/ethnically, and/or LGBTQIA+ marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan
  • Nonprofit organizations (can include church / religious organizations).

Grants will not be provided to individuals; however, individuals with ideas are encouraged to contact and see about partnering with community organizations.

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Project Types Include (but are not limited to)

  • Expanding an existing program
  • Creating a new program
  • Conducting activities at any stage of program development:
  • Preplanning / data collection
  • Implementation
  • Sustainability

Potential Areas for Projects

  • Access to telehealth / healthcare (e.g., providing devices, hotspots, training)
  • Providing practical support (food, computer access) 
  • Enhance attitudinal environments
  • Reducing isolation / enhancing social and emotional support
  • Housing
  • Caregiving
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Funding Usage Details

How Funds Can be Used

Priority will be given to projects with a plan for sustainability.

Please note that, for the purposes of this grant, “aging with disability” does not refer exclusively to older adults but is related to living (and aging) with a permanent physical disability / impairment.

There is no limit on the percentage of funds that can be used for any specific budget items; however, the justification for using funds must be consistent with the project activities and needs as described in the application. Funds can be budgeted for any or all of the following:

  • Personnel time
  • Software / computers
  • Rental or purchase of equipment or building
  • Renovations of new or existing spaces
  • Hosting
  • Other types of activities

Limitations on Use of Funds

  • Due to federal regulations, the use of funds for lobbying is not allowed.
  • Use of funds may also be restricted based on regulations from the University of Michigan and / or local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients and the IDEAL RRTC

Grant Recipients Will:

  • Implement project activities as proposed in this application - Any deviations from the proposed project should receive approval from the RRTC before proceeding; failure to do so may result in the recipients being required to return funds.
  • Complete and submit quarterly reports to the IDEAL RRTC by the deadline
  • Receive training and mentorship in identifying and writing future grant applications
  • Have the opportunity to present their project to regional and national audiences


  • Provide practical support and advisement to facilitate the implementation of the project
  • Provide mentorship and support for grant writing and program evaluation

Application Link

Here is a link to the application: IDEAL RRTC Community Grant Application (MS Word)

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Other Information

IDEAL RRTC Community Grants are supported with funding provided to the IDEAL RRTC from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTHF0001). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this information do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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