Funding Opportunity: Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Local Preparedness Planning, Mitigation and Recovery Efforts

Sep 08, 2020 | Sara Lyons

Request for Applications

NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Human Development and Disability, is pleased to provide funding for the Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Local Preparedness Planning, Mitigation and Recovery Efforts project to improve local health department (LHD) capability to effectively address the needs of people with disabilities when planning and responding to outbreaks, pandemics and other national emergencies, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The main activities of the project include (1) awarding funds to a maximum of 10 local health departments to better address disability issues; (2) embedding disability champions, who will serve as subject matter experts, in local public health emergency preparedness planning and response programs; and (3) updating local emergency response plans to better serve the needs of people with disabilities during outbreaks, pandemics, and other national emergencies. NACCHO will issue awards in the form of fixed-priced contracts up to $83,000 to LHDs.

Expectations

Funded LHDs will be expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Support or hire a disability champion to coordinate activities and ensure that issues impacting people with disabilities are included in planning and response efforts. NACCHO strongly encourages people with disabilities be hired as champions;
  • Participate in project kick-off call and close-out call with all grantees, CDC, and NACCHO;
  • Collaborate on implementation and sustainability plans with disability champion and local public health emergency preparedness program staff to ensure disability-inclusive planning and response efforts;
  • Establish and maintain partnerships across public health, emergency preparedness and organizations that serve people with disabilities to address the local needs of people with disabilities within emergency planning and response efforts;
  • Participate in community of practice and technical assistance calls to review progress of planned activities and share practices and lessons learned;
  • Participate in evaluation-related activities to track and measure progress towards expressed outcomes; and
  • Complete a final report detailing successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Interested?

View the request for applications.

To learn more about applying, NACCHO hosted an optional informational webinar for potential applicants on September 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET.

Listen to the Webinar recording

View the raw transcript file

Download and view the FAQs from the RFA webinar

Application submission deadline: October 13, 2020 by 11:59 pm ET.

  • Anticipated award notification: October 30, 2020.

For more information or questions, email slyons@naccho.org. To learn more about NACCHO’s Health and Disability work, visit this webpage.


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